The War: The C.O.'s Private Battle

It used to be that General Vo Nguyen Giap's guerrilla manual was the main source of the U.S. military's woes in Viet Nam. Now the brass is worrying about the U.S. Army Regulations as well. With the help of U.S. civilian lawyers, a few G.I.s in Viet Nam have seized on a little-known passage in the "Army regs" section on conscientious objectors and tried to use it as a legal way out of combat.

The point man in the legal skirmishing is Private Adolph R. Flores, 21, of Houston, who was already an opponent...

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