The Press: Fighter's Fighter

In 1956, when a newly retired U.S. Navy commander was convicted by a civil court of manslaughter for shooting an intruder, the Navy struck his name from the retirement rolls, cut off his wife and children from their only source of income. The case might have ended there had not Washington's powerful Army, Navy, Air Force Journal (circ. 28,166) gone into action. So hotly did the weekly Journal argue the injustice of the Navy's action that Georgia's Carl Vinson, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, started an investigation of conflicting service policies by which hard-earned military retirement pay can...

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