National Affairs: New Frontiers for Age

At 71, Sergeant First Class Delbert Jenkins holds the unofficial title of oldest enlisted man in the U.S. Army. Last week, at an Engineer depot in Yokohama, Jenkins explained his unusual position. He saw 16 months of service in World War I, then left the Army to earn more money (as a railroad man and part-time farmer). After raising a family of nine children (he now has 15 grandchildren), Jenkins wangled his way back into the Army in 1942. "I pestered the Army until they let me in again," he said, "to free some younger man for a job where youth...

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