ARMED FORCES: Asking for It

Few professional fighting men have sought martyrdom more insistently than gaunt, intense Captain John G. Crommelin, U.S.N. It was Airman Crommelin who set off the acrimonious Navy hearings last fall, encouraged an utterly unfounded charge of Air Force corruption in B-36 procurement, surreptitiously handed confidential Navy correspondence to the press, and obstreperously demanded a public court martial. Severely reprimanded and exiled to San Francisco last fall, Crommelin refused to be silent. Two or three times a week, from Reno to Los Angeles, before Rotary clubs and businessmen's luncheons, he defiantly reiterated...

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