People, Oct. 1, 1956

Names make news. Last week these names made this news:

Beset by family illness and financial troubles and living on a $20-a-week dole, Charles E. ("Commando") Kelly, 36, who won the Medal of Honor after killing 40 Germans in one day on the Italian front, struck it rich on CBS's Strike It Rich. He won the show's $500 jackpot, then got $240.25 more plus an offer of the down payment on a house from sympathetic listeners. To top it all, President Eisenhower sent him a cheering message, recalling how "you rallied to the defense of...

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