Armed Forces: The 20-Year Man

"Lo. one who loved true honour more than fame," read the inscription under the picture of Robert Gardner in the Nashua, N.H. high school yearbook of 1941. Gardner became a professional soldier, fought under General George Patton in World War II, served in a combat unit in Korea. This spring Staff Sergeant Gardner was sent to South Viet Nam as a military "adviser." It was to be the last overseas assignment of his 20-year hitch; next year he planned to retire and enroll in a Florida umpires' school in hopes of becoming a major-league baseball umpire.

From South Viet Nam,...

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