WEST GERMANY: The Accident

For 13-year-old Bobby Kuhel the best times of all were those Sundays when his Dad sent him to fetch the .22-caliber pistol out of his dresser drawer for some target practice at the U.S. Army rifle range. As manager of the Chase Manhattan Bank's servicemen's branch in Heidelberg, German-born John William Kuhel was a welcome guest at the range, and he and Bobby were both crack shots.

One day last week Bobby Kuhel went once again to the dresser drawer to fetch the pistol, but this time neither his father nor anyone else knew anything about it, and Bobby himself was...

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