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MONDAY JANUARY 10, 1986 BLYTHEVUXB (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAGE nvt Army Was Slow to Act in Peress Case After He Balked at Questions on Reds Bjr JAMES MAKLOW Associated Press News Analyst WASHINGTON (AP) — An enemy would have time to invade the country and start raising a family if it took the Army as long to fire a shot as it did to get rid of Irving Pe- ress after he balked on questions ahout communism. It was on Feb. 2, 1954—15 months after he Invoked the Fifth Amendment when asked about Communist connections—that the Army discharged Peress, New York dentist who held the rank of major. When he was released with an honorable discharge, it was more than nine months after the ' 1st Army's Intelligence Division, following an investigation, reported the' investigation "provided sufficient evidence of disloyal and subversive tendencies to warrant removal of Peress from the service." The Army's 10,000-word report on how it handled the case of Peress —whom Sen. McCarthy (R-Wis) called a "Fifth Amendment Communist"—is filled with accounts of delay, oversights, red tape, and all-around bungling. While Peress' file batted around, from one branch and division of the Army to another, with high officers recommending he be got- ten rid. of, the Army promoted him to major even though he again pleaded the Fifth Amejidjnent to questions. Last Nov. 3, long after the Army- McCarthy hearings had ended and McCarthy's uproar about Peress had died down p. bit, the Army announced without mentioning names, that it had reprimanded two officers for tardy handling of papers in the case. It said a third, who was involved, had been discharged but for other reasons. In its report issued Friday the Army listed 61 officers and one Army civilian who were in some way connected with the case. It named them all, including six who had retired and several who had been "released" from active duty. The reasous for releasing them were not given. Two of them are back in th Army at lower grades. McCarthy had demanded to know who was responsible for retaining Peress in the Army, promoting him and giving him an honorable discharge. The Army never gave him full information while he was chairman of the committee investigating the Army. Now, just when McCarthy is being replaced as chairman by a Democrat, Sen. McClellan of Arkansas, the Army has released what it says is the full story. The A.rmy, needing dentists, offered Peress a captaincy late 1952. He took the oath Oct. 18, 1952, but wasn't called to active service until Jan. 1, 1953. Meanwhile—on Oct. 28, 1052—he was given a questionnaire to fill out. One of the questions asked whether Peress had been connected with the Communist party. Invoking the Fifth Amendment, he refused, to answer, although swear- Ing he was loyal. The Army report says, "This form was witnessed by, Capt. (later made a major) Charles A. Lyon." an adviser assigned to that kind of job. There is no indication in the Army report that Lyon ever called Peress' Fifth Amendment plea to anyone's attention or whether he actually read Peress' answer. Later the report says Lyon was released from active duty — after 26 years' service — on Feb. 1, 1954. That was the day McCarthy demanded Peress be court-martial- ed. Lyon is now a master sergeant, but the report doesn't explain how that happened. The report says further that Capt. Curtis R. Kirkland of the 1st Army Reserve Force's Division in New York saw the questionnaire and returned it to Peress to get the signature of a witness. Peress did so. Kirkland's office, the report says, merely checked Peress' questionnaire to see that tt was ail filled out, not to evaluate It. There if; nothing to show Kirkland noted Tempestuous Anna Likes Filmland—May Return By. BOB THOMAS HOLLYWOOD, Wl — Anna MagnanI, the tempestuous Italian star, has seen Hollywood, likes H, may return. I learned this in a bilingual interview with the help of an Interpreter in her suite at the Beverly Hills Hotel. She also remarked that reports of her temper outbursts on "The Rose Tattoo" set were exaggerated. After seeing her In peasant roles, Wet Weather, Azores Save 'Diaper Derby' PATUXENT RIVER, Md. «Pi — Wet weather in the Azores yesterday may have saved a Navy lieutenant from a dampening defeat in his 13,000-mile "diaper derby." Lt. Norman K. Moose Donahoe left Naples yesterday with nis newly adopted Greek baby and only a dozen disposable diapers between him and this Maryland nayfll air- station. "I just have enough diapers left lo make it. It was touch and go until this morning ,and in a few more hours it would have been go," sale the six-foot, 21-year-old Korea. War veteran pilot yesterday. But the Navy reported here last night that the military transport plane carrying Donahoe and 17- month-old Ronie Marie was grounded in French Morocco, North Africa, because of bad weather. Donahoe used his leave to fly t.o Greece in search of a baby after he and his wife Helen, 27, were unable to find a child for adoption in Texas. Donahoe is stationed at Corpus Christ! Naval Air ctal'on. He is due back there Jan. 18. He left Athens with 48 disposable diapers and 36 had been used up by the time he reached Naples. Argument Leads To Stabbing Of Pensioner, 74 OKLAHOMA CITY iff! — A 71- year-old pensioner was stabbed to death in a downtown hotel lobby last night in what police said was a fight over criticism of his cowboy boots. The victim was Andrew Jackson (Bugs) Staggs, a resident of the hotel. Officers arrested another hotel occupant, Orcn Nettles, 56. A witness said the fight developed when Staggs pulled a knife and challenged Nettles. Officers said Nettles then drew a pocket knife and handed it to the older man "It's hard to open." he said "You open it for me, so I can have an equal chance." Staggs opened the knile, returned it to Nettles and the stabbing followed, police said. Nettles was not hurt. I was surprised to find she was .sleeker and more attractive than I expected. She was dressed In a black slack outfit, well ornamented with jewelry. In repose, her face had a rare Italian Beauty. I asked the actress if she thought Italian performers were more temperamental than thpse In Hollywood . "I do not think so," she replied. "Artists are artists, no matter what their nationality." Too Much Reality? This was leading up to a question about reports that Miss Mas- nani had acted as tempestuously off-stage as well as on during the filming here. "I never listen to gossip," she said with a flick of the hand. There had been a story that she had put too much reality into a slapping scene with Marisa Pavan and the young actress had fled the set in tears. "If I must slap. I slap; you cannot slap like this," she remarked, making a dainty gestured with the flat of her hand. "I be- ieve in doing what the script calls r." There had .also been rumors of flareups between her and director Danny Mann. She said that she had had excellent relations with the director and the producer, Ha" Wallis. She also rhapsodized ove: her costar, Burt Lancaster, who .she said was a thorough and earnest actor. Miss Magnani said she liked America and would like to return here later this year. Her son is a paralytic and she hopes to bring him here for treatment. She migh do a play in New York next year Would she ever want to settle here? "Oh, no," she replied. "I love mj country too much." Montgomery in Hospital LONDON I/Pi"— Field Marshal Lord Montgomery has entered a hospital to have a wart removed from above his left ear. "Nothing serious," he said. the Fifth Amendment answer. On Feb. 5, 1953, the 1st Army's Intelligence Division notified Kirk- and and a Capt. Floyd E. Van Sickle (both men were later made majors) that Peress was being Investigated because of his Fifth Amendment plea. When the Army automatically jegan the routine of promoting Peress and other Army dentists to he rank of major, according to the report, Kirkland and Van Sickle were notified and recommended Peress' promotion. The report says 'no cognizance was taken" by Van Sickle or Kirkland "of the facl Peress was under investigation." Van Sickle Is still in the Army. Kirkland, the Army report says, had 16 years of active service "at the time of his separation" on April 2, 1954, a few weeks before the Army-McCarthy hearings began. Another officer. Ma]. John J McManus, was "released" from active duty Nov. 4, 1954, after 11 years' active and 14 years' nonac- tive service. He signed the honorable discharge for Peress but, the report says, was acting according lo instructions. Recently McManus said he is seeking to return to the Army. C.W.O. Joseph T. Lamarca, under instructions from a superior officer, had forwarded Peress' request to be made a major. The report says that Lamarca, with 14 years' active service, was "re lleved" from active duty Aug. 31 1954, and re-enlisted the next day ;t the lower rank of master sergeant. The (Ingerllke end of th« elephant's many-muscled trunk if W supple .and skillful that thli awkward-looking animal can even untie knots with It, People 60 to 65 CAN APPLY FOR HOSPITAL INSURANCE DREAM CAR OP THE 'FUTURA' —The Lincoln "Futura," a dream car built in Italy, is displayed in its world premier in Chicago prior to the Chicago auto show. The "Futura" is almost 19 feet long and seven feet wide, and only 52.8 Inches high. It has twin plexiglas domes over Its two bucket-type seats. Marie Blasko models behind the wheel. Car will be used by engineers to test possible future mechanical styling innovations. 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