The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 15, 1954 · Page 2
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, April 15, 1954
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(ARK.) GOUKTER K«W| THURSDAY, APRIL 18, 19B4 T*» McCarthy Story-9 Army's Quarrel with McCarthy Is on Issue of Integrity, Prestige NOTE — the cmr- Awny-McC*r*hy controversy back to kit September, W*M» 8«. Jos«pfc B. McCarthy ttmmmif i tt»at the Army produce oertota records. The Army re- ftt»*4. T*e trovMe reached a boil Secretary of the Army a Mc€artfer By DON WHITEHEA* WASH^GTON (AP) — The fcfcterness of the .Army's fight wttk Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy fc rioted HI a conviction of mea at the Pentagon that the Wisconsin Red-hunter has damaged the integrity and prestige of the Army. For tbem the basic issue is one of honor and pride. They regard as a secondary matter in itself the question of whetfcer McCarthy and his aides tried to get special treatment for a friend and former member of tne McCarthy staff, Pvt. G- Dav- 'Id Schine. They contend McCarthy has questioned the loyalty, honesty and truthfulness of Army men to the point of grave embarrassment. T&at is why, Pentagon sources say privately, there has been an unrelenting hardness in the position of the" Army's top men against Mc•Carthy. As one officer put it: "You don't compromise when your honor is involved." From the Pentagon viewpoint it's McCarthy versus the Army, with Secretary Robert T. Stevens as the Army champion. One highly placed civilian in the Defense Department said in an interview: * - • - * **Tfee Army's morale has dropped and it has risen in past weeks in direct relation to Bob Stevens' readiness to fight McCarthy; "Morale dropped to a low 1 point in February when the situation made it appear that Stevens had 'surrendered to McCarthy. But morale climbed again when it became clear that Stevens, with Eisenhower's support, was going to fight back." An Army officer: "We were shaken pretty badly by the story of Stevens' "surrender.' But we've Come to realize it was no surrender -at aH because Stevens had never intended to surrender. I know my friends and I are proud of the fact that Stevens was the first one in tie administration to fight McCarthy. And he's still fighting." A good many people in the Army and the. Defense Department think McCarthy was "riding" the Army in a deliberate program of harassment. Rightly or wrongly, they felt somebody had to call a halt sooner or later. The sorest points with the Army to afl the furore are: 1. McCarthy's tongue-lashing of a general officer, a World War n hero, who McCarthy said was not fit to command. 2. McCarthy's charge the Army attempted to "coddle and promote" Communists and then tried to cover up for those responsible. 3. McCarthy's treatment of Secretary Stevens, to whom the senator once referred as "the finest dupe I've ever met." 4. McCarthy's accusation of "blackmail" and the charge that Stevens and Army General Counsel John G. Adams tried to get the McCarthy subcommittee to shift its investigation from the Army to the Navy, Air Force and Defense Department. But the current controversy reaches ac far back M September 1968. • • * It wa* in September that McCarthy demanded that the Army furnish him the records showing who approved hiring of Army civilians McCarthy said were suspected of being pro-Communist. First Army headquarters refused the names on the grounds that such a disclosure would violate a presidential directive issued by former President Truman and never countermanded by President Eisenhower. From that time on, there was increasing friction between McCarthy and the Army. The fuse was lit when the Army gave an honorable discharge to a reserve major, Dr. Irving Peress, a dentist, who had i declined to say whether he was ever a Communist. Peress received his discharge at Camp Kilmer, N. J. McCarthy called in Brig. Gen. Ralph Zwicker, Camp Kilmer commander, for questioning. In a stormy closed-door session, McCarthy questioned tHe "honesty or intelligence" of Zwicker and told him "you should be removed from your command." Zwicker contended that in giving Peress an honorable discharge he was acting under orders from higher authority. This was the situation into which Stevens stepped. He accused McCarthy of abusing and humiliating Zwicker. He ordered Zwicker and another officer not to appear before McCarthy's committee. Stevens said he himself would appear instead. McCarthy lashed back at Stevens. He accused the Army of an "attempt to coddle and promote Communists" and of claiming "special immunity from legislative investigation and exposure of the malefactors." The Army acknowledges it handled the Peress case badly. Secretary Stevens made this concession even before Zwicker Went before McCarthy to testify. While Peress was being investigated by one branch of the Army, he was given an automatic promotion from captain to major by another. An Army officer says: "It was a plain caee of a- foul-up. There's no doubt about it. This was one case where one hand didn't know what the other was doing. But it was a mittake in administration-not a siniiter plot to promote Communists." As for the discharge, another Army source says: "We wanted to get rid of Peress as quickly as possible. We did not have grounds for a court-martial— because even if Peress were a Communist, its' not against the law. A security hearing could have been held—but that requires a long- drawn-out process. So we took the the shortest cut—an honorable discharge. But, Steveni' friends say, the real issue at stake as far as the secretary was concerned was not Peress but McCarthy's treatment of Zwicker. Then followed the famous "memorandum of understanding" which since has been tagged by -quipsters as the "memorandum of misunderstanding." Secretly on Feb. 24, Stevens went to the Capitol and met with Republican Senators McCarthy, Karl Mundt and Everett Dirksen. Mundt wrote a memorandum on the meeting for publication. In it, all present, in effect, agreed to McCarthy's demands—to supply the names of everyone involved in the disputed case and to see that they appeared as witnesses before McCarthy. Stevens came from the meeting evidently thinking he had won a victory—assurances that Army officers would not be treated in the future as Zwicker had been. But those assurances claimed by Stevens weren't in writing. Then came the foul-up—the memorandum was almost univer-1 sally treated as a surrender. For a time there were rumors Stevens would resign. There were FOR ATHLETE'S FOOT USE A KERATOLYTIC BECAUSE— It SLOUGHS OFF the tainted outer skin to expose burled fungi and kills It on contact. Get this STRONG, kera.- tolytlc fungicide. T-4-L. at any drug Btore. II not pleased IN ONE HOUR, your 40c back. Now at Klrby Bros. Drug. Which on* has thai MONTHLY LOOK? 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The Army report brought from McCarthy a cry of "blackmail." In turn, he released several unsigned memoranda. One said that at a meeting between McCarthy and Stevens and their aides last Nov. 6 Stevens and Adams suggested McCarthy,go after the other services rather than the Army in his hunt for Reds. Another said that Adams had described Schine as a "hostage" who might not get along well in service if McCarhty caused the Army any throuble. The memoranda, McCarthy said, came from committee files. Stevens termed them "utterly untrue." one Here was a clear-cut issue: side or the other was lying. It is this issue which has stirred this capital as no other controversy in years. It is the issue which Senate investigators are expected to dig into in their coming inquiry —and perhaps to find the truth. A good many people, including some of McCarthy's colleagues in the Senate, think the inquiry could be the crossroads of the McCarthy career. Cole Urges Limiting Government Atom Work HAVERFORD, Pa. (JP) — The chairman of the Joint Congressional Committee on Atomic Energy says the federal government has the responsibility "to conduct and, support basic nuclear research" but should "get out of the production business." Rep. W. Sterling Cole (R-NY), speaking in a lecture series at Haverford College, advocated termination of federal ownership of the towns of Oak Ridge, Term., and Hanford, Wash.' Wilson Library Gtfs New Books WILSON—A number of new books have been added recently to the collection at the Wilson Public Library. The list, released by Mrs. Elstner D. Beall, librarian, includes: "The Song of Ruth," by Prank Slaughter; "Rainbow on the Road," Esther Forbes; "Step To the Music," Phyllis A. Whitney; "Shadow of Truth," Alice Lent Covert; "Rebel Heiress," Robert Neill; "The Journals of Lewi* and Clark," edited by Bernard De Voto. "Harvey Couch, The Master Builder," Winston P. Wilson; "Five Against the /House," Jack Finney; "How to be a Consistent Winner in the Most Popular Card Games," John R. Crawford. A large number of light fiction books from the Mississippi County Library's collection also were included. The WiLson Library, located next door to the poet office, is open on Monday and Saturday from 1:30 until 4:30 p.m. trtmkfast Champion AUHORA, Mo. MR—Meet the biscuit and meat eating champion (unofficial) of the Missouri Ozar- fcs. He's Oren J. Williams of the Hon- ey Creek community near htre. Every day for all the 31,170-odd days he's been married — ov*r 5t years — Williams has had biscuit* and meat for breakfast. Williams, 79, says, "It* an «a»y job to brag on my wife's biscuits." Piles Drove Him Mid- But Now He's Glid- Clad he discovered TM Pile Ointment! Pain-relieving, pile- shrinking formula approved by medical staff of America's lead- inR hospital specializing: in rec- t«l and colon conditions. 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