THE MILITARY: Charge of a General

For all the scalding publicity and agonized soul searching that the U.S. Army had to endure in the case of Lieut. William Galley Jr., his trial and subsequent conviction did not penetrate the military's innermost defenses. After all, Galley was hardly one of the elite of the officer corps. He was one of those thousands of peripheral soldiers of ordinary background and average intelligence who slog their way through O.C.S., enjoy a career of tedious assignments in grubby outposts and never, never rise beyond the rank of colonel.

John W. Donaldson, 47,...

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