Army & Navy - LOGISTICS: Farewell to America

The Army last week eased its censorship of the silent interval between the last phone call home before troops leave for overseas and the mailing of the "safe arrival" card. On a censored date it took correspondents on a 14-hour inspection of the huge, wide-flung New York Port of Embarkation.

Naked, save for shoes and dog' tags, the men clumped down the stairs to the first floor of the barracks, where the doctors were waiting. The medical team peered and prodded each man as he filed past. These were hard-bellied soldiers, tanned and toughened by training. This was their final...