DEFENSE: All but Indispensable

Threading the black Defense Department limousine through Washington's morning traffic, Chauffeur Clarence Mason wheeled smartly up to the Porter Street house in the capital's Cleveland Park section. Mason's assignment: to pick up Deputy Defense Secretary Donald A. Quarles and deliver him to a 7:45 a.m. television date on Dave Garroway's Today show at the NBC studios. Ordinarily, punctual Don Quarles was on hand when his car rolled up; this time Mason settled down to wait. Then he noticed the morning newspaper still lying on the doorstep. Walking uncertainly into the quiet house, he found Donald Aubrey Quarles, 64, dead...

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