ARMED FORCES: The Corps on Trial

The eight-man Marine trial board did not need very long to reach a verdict. After deliberating less than four hours—including a break for dinner —the board last week acquitted Staff Sergeant Harold Bronson of involuntary manslaughter, maltreatment and assault. Bronson, a drill instructor (D.I.), was tried for the death last March of Private Lynn E. ("Bubba") McClure. During a mock bayonet drill supervised by Bronson, other recruits beat McClure, 20, a mental retardate, into a vegetable.

Despite Bronson's acquittal, the episode has helped trigger a trial larger than that of any individual....

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