ARMED FORCES: Four-Star Blunder

Throughout the uproar over Colonel James Hartley's atrocity figures, General Matt Ridgway has maintained the superior air of a commander who deplores but understands a subordinate's little errors of judgment. He made it clear that he disapproved Hanley's rushing into print before "accumulated evidence warranted," and he deprecated Hanley's tendency to exaggerate. The U.N. command, said Ridgway last week, with the air of a responsible man speaking responsibly, has positive proof of only 365 atrocity killings of captured U.S. fighting men—not 5,500 to 6,000, as listed by Hanley.

Scarcely were the words out of his mouth than Ridgway was proved...

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