Normally it can be said of the U.S. marines in peacetime that their whines have tender gripes. But there was nothing normal last week about the bitter feelings of the members of the ready-for-action Fleet Marine Force and their wives and children stationed in and around Japan-except for the profound hope that the imminent arrival of Marine Commandant Randolph McCall Pate would bring relief from their painful problem. The problem: on prodding from Washington, Force headquarters had turned on the pressure to get marines to send home all dependents who had come to Japan on long-term visas, i.e., some 500...

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