Foreign News: Duty v. Domesticity

In the cramped wardroom of Admiral Horatio Nelson's 187-year-old flagship Victory last week, a court martial sat in judgment on another British naval hero whose duty was dogged by domestic complications. Lieut. Commander Alastair Campbell Gillespie Mars, 37, had neither the rank nor the romantic inclinations of his great predecessor, but during World War II he was one of Britain's ace submarine commanders. His part in sinking some 30,000 tons of Axis shipping earned him both the D.S.O. and the D.S.C. and bar.

"If you go to sea under Mars," said one of his crew the day Mars got the D.S.O. at...

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