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March 31, 1957

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, THIRTY Side Issues In "Missile Court Martial" May Mean Victory For Col. Nickerson SUNDAY .TIMES, CUMBERLAND. MD, SUNDAY, MARCH 31, 1957 . , By DOUGLAS LARSEN • NEA SUM Correspondent ^WASHINGTON- (NEA) - The niny heavy overtones of the up- ipmJng court martial ot Army W. John C; Nickerson, Jr., could Itown out the main theme of the lharges ageinst him. Therein lies his best chance o( waling a stiff jail sentence and wavy fine and perhaps winning • not guilty verdict. Th« 41-year-old West Point olft- *r with i brilliant record in missile work is faced with a long »t of complex charges thai he talced jecret missile information i »*veral Washington newsmen. t« al»o gav« copies o< (hese •porto to Congressmen, but he is \ot btlng charged with this act, Cot. Nickerson flatly denies hit toy o* th« information he upplied reporter* wa» secret or Soutd in anjr w»y harm the ae- jurlty of the V. S. Normally this issu« would b« the only one before the court. But ft 13 the side issues of the case •— the heavy overtones — which make the court martial of Nickerson so dramatic. It's likely that Defense Secretary Charles Wilson, Air Force Secretary Donald A. Quarles Army Chief of Sfaff Maxwell Taylor and columnist Drew Pearson could be among witnesses callc-d to teslify. Pearson received one of the special Nickerson releases. The olher individuals figure prominently in the various ramifications of (he case. Wilson's order giving the Air Force primary responsibility in :he field ot intermediate range Ballistic missiles U what moved Nickerson to begin distributing his handouts in the first place Tlie effect of this order, « move recommended by Quarles was to Ala., where he is stationed, fron the IRBM field, Redstone has been developing an IRBM missile called the Jupiter. Wilson's order gives the Air Force a clear field svilh its Thor IRBM. The burden of the papers which Nickerson passed around was that this order threatens nations! defense. He contends in one ot the papers that Jupiter Is far ahead of Thor and that Wilson's of the order killing it will set back the - ""-- whole missile program. It's this aspect of the court martial which could make it another Billy Mitchell case* Billy Mitchell was court martialeSl for defying superior officers in ft «nge pousing the bfg bomber a»'a& """'"' mportant new weapon whose development was being neglected. Already many high - ranking officers m (he Army believe that Nickerson has nobly laid his career on the line to save tlie XI. mod. In mi. R.bolll fc ABC !„ 1954. N . i *her« natisiaiy, to fiplat* might be, nc[restraints they c«n If you *re expecting dinner spend with your guwl* before din- impose on the trial.can Xeep it guests, plan your menu around ner Is served, for'oven-cooked irom being^ a:spectacular affair foods that can be cooked in the food does not have to be watched: of national Interest, oven. You'll- have more' time to liming is*all that is necessary. • ' IN CUMBERLAND , , . COL. JOHN NICKERSON: I« )i« another Billy MfWiell? RAY H. JENKINS: He'll add to (he eoartroom drama. ' "Sif*"' pr °S™ m - n He's an excellent attorney nlusl should «r many, of the being a good showrnan REDSTONE ROCKET: Wilson let! it up'In the air. undamental Air Force - Army arguments on this subject. n _ v The defense will do everything „„; o add this element to the case, it's an issue with explosive rami- ications which will be watched by Congress. Another heavy, overtone of the rial will be the revelation of a H'ller competition within the auto ndustry and between the auto ndustry and aircraft industry for the multi-million dollar missile business. In one of his limited releases Nickcrson says that Wilson favored the Air Force development of Thor because a General Motors division, AC Sparkplug, was developing Thor's guidance system. Chrysler has the general contract for the Army's Jupiter. Generally, however, Nickerson believes the Air Fore* has been in cahoots with th« aircraft industry in trying to corner the mushrooming missile market. Thij has been at th» «pen!e of th« auto industry, he. thinks, which hae » bigger production potential in case o! war. The human drama of the trial to be held at Redstone, will compete with the explosive high-level issues for public interest. Nickerson is a clean-cut, high- minded officer with an heroic combat record as an artilleryman in World War 'll. He is sure to be a sympathetic defendant. Nickerson's chief civilian defense attorney, the colorful Ray H. Jenkins who served as special counsel in the 1954 Army-McCarthy hearings, will further con tribute to the courtroom dr BENEMAN'S BUILT FOR MODERN LIVING Station hat crafted »olid cheny info anthentl* •daptations O f e.rly Ametic.n museum piece*... km «yi]ed, planned and engineered them for modern living. 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