The Navy , At Ease, Mr. Truitt:

In the wake of the gun-turret explosion on the U.S.S. Iowa that in April killed 47 sailors, the Naval Investigative Service considered a bizarre theory: that Navy petty officer Kendall Truitt may have set off the explosion to collect on a $100,000 insurance policy taken out by a sailor killed in the blast. The story was guaranteed a full airing when Pentagon sources privately confirmed the investigation to the press.

Truitt angrily denied the allegation, suggesting that the fault could lie with an inexperienced crew. Last week a Navy statement seemed to clear Truitt. Investigators are now focusing on the equally...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!