Armed Forces: The Hero & the Hush-Up

One Medal of Honor winner was conspicuously absent from the White House ceremony: he was former Marine Captain Arthur J. Jackson, 38, who in September 1944 charged into withering enemy fire on Peleliu, destroyed twelve pillboxes and killed 50 Japanese soldiers. Now Jackson has been forced out of the Marine Corps, accused of killing a Cuban at Guantanamo in 1961.

Last week the Pentagon was silent about Jackson, would barely acknowledge that he had ever existed. Jackson, now a $90-a-week mail carrier in San Jose, Calif., also refused to answer questions from newsmen. What talking there was came...

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