CBS Evening News for Thursday, Oct 09, 1975
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(Studio) Mil. regulation forces officers out when they stop winning promotions.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Fort Hood, Texas) Reserve ofr. Richard Wall wounded in Vietnam; received Purple Heart and 4 Bronze Stars. After 17 years he'll be out of Army November 11. Discharge comes 28 days before he recs. full retirement benefits. [Major WALL - says he's done everything told to do and always done it well. Can get cup of coffee for 25 cents and those medals.] Wall and others file federal class action suit to make Army keep them long enough to reap retirement benefits. Ex-pilot, Harold Bordeaux, is 1 of men. He won Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross and air medals while in Vietnam. Apr. 1970 film shows him. [Captain BORDEAUX - says I've already paid for my retirement fund.] [Brenda BORDEAUX - hurt to see husband hurt.] Ofrs. forced out because not promoted to next rank. Some say they were removed from promotion list after ex-Secretary Army Howard "Bo" Callaway ordered younger men promoted. Major Jack Park served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. [PARK - says people don't want to hire 49 year old Army ofr. Doesn't seem fair that Army has used me for all these years and now said "get lost."] Army Review Bd. studies action.
REPORTER: Ike Pappas