Army & Navy - 15,000 Exceptions

Not all of them want to come home. In the past two months, nearly 5,000 highpoint G.I.s in Europe have asked to be discharged on the spot. By last week about 15,000 had applied for civilian jobs with the Army and UNRRA in Germany and France.

Reasons for staying ran from A to Z. Some of the men wanted to avoid breaking off with local sweethearts or mistresses. A few were idealistically inclined to help finish the job and decided they could do more as civilians.

Another attraction lay in the prospects for graft...

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