CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Oct 01, 1969
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(Studio) Army ofr. tells Senate hearing that top brass muzzled his probe of graft in NCO Clubs in Germany. Says he got death threats due to study.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) Former Commander of 24th Infantry Division, Major General William Cunningham, named as responsible for blocking study of NCO Clubs in Germany. Lieutenant Colonel William George studied clubs and found group of Sgts. had skimmed $300,000 year from slot machines in clubs. George told this to Cunningham and top aide, Colonel Ferris Hardin. [GEORGE - says Hardin interested, but Cunningham noncommittal. Idea of outside investigator turned down by General.] Secret witness was sergeant Edward Jones, 1 of Sgts.' group found guilty. Committee investigator Lavern Duffy read his testimony. [DUFFY - says average week rake-off was $3000-3300. Larger clubs brought $5000.] Jones links sergeant Major William Wooldridge and Cunningham to graft. Wooldridge, Narvaez Hatcher, William Higdon, and Seymour Lazar listed as stockholders in Maredem, Incorporated, California company that supplied NCO Clubs. Hatcher ran 32 Vietnam clubs.
REPORTER: Steve Rowan