National Affairs: Dark Charges

For 97 days a Navy court-martial in Washington (five captains and two commanders) heard, in secret, the case against Lieut. Commander Edward Neal Little, 39-year-old Naval Academy graduate who won the Silver Star for gallantry during Corregidor's last days. Behind the case—a deep hatred of Little by some Army, Navy and Marine Corps enlisted men who had been his fellow prisoners of war at Camp 17, Omuta, where the Japanese worked American P.W.s in the coal mines.

Little, senior in rank among the prisoners, had been put in charge of their mess, made answerable to the Japs for camp discipline and...

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