The Nation: A Private Affair

Love is never having to say yessir.

Army Second Lieut. Mary Lou Follett, 22, a nurse, and Specialist Fourth Class James C. Johnson, 20, a medical technician, met last summer while both were working at Heidelberg Army Hospital in West Germany. They fell in love —and soon fell afoul of Article 133 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, which has been interpreted to hold that since Johnson was an enlisted man, Lieut. Follett was guilty of "conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman."

Her commanding officer, Lieut. Colonel Doris M. Cobb, called her in for counseling and pointedly reminded her that the...

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