Gratuities: Fresh Fish for Rickover

Fresh Fish for Rickover

At first, Navy Secretary John Lehman dismissed as "little trinkets" the gifts that defense contractors had lavished on Admiral Hyman Rickover. But Lehman's later response to the largesse, including a letter of censure inserted last month in the retired admiral's record, indicated that Rickover's take was more substantial. Last week the Navy released a 32-page report listing $68,703 worth of gifts that Rickover accepted over the years, and in some cases demanded, from General Dynamics, whose Electric Boat shipyard in Connecticut was a principal Navy contractor. Included were diamond earrings and a jade pendant (combined value: $1,125), cleaning bills for the...

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