ARMED FORCES: Howlin1 Mad v. the Army

On Saipan, nature and the bulldozer have all but covered the four-year-old litter of battle. But last week, belching fire like one of his own flamethrowers, the Marines' General Holland M. Smith scorched open an old, still angry scar. Writing with cantankerous zest in the Saturday Evening Post, "Howlin' Mad" revived his case against the Army's Major General Ralph Smith and his 27th Division, a New York National Guard outfit transferred to Marine command for the Saipan invasion.

Marines' Version. The essence of Howlin' Mad's case was simple: the 27th would not fight, and Ralph Smith would not make them...

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