Armed Forces: They'd Rather Sue Than Fight

Every military outfit has its G.I. lawyer, learned in the lore of a soldier's real or imaginary rights. But when 38,037 Army, Navy and Air Force reservists were called to active duty last January, after North Korea seized U.S.S. Pueblo, their ranks included some professional attorneys. And as the Pueblo crisis dwindled, the reservists' discontent rose. After the Pentagon began shipping some of them off to Viet Nam, the brass was peppered with a rapid fire of writs from soldiers who would rather sue than fight.

It was U.S. Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas, vacationing near Goose Prairie, Wash.,...

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