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(Studio) Pvt. Eddie Slovik executed in World War II for desertion. Slovik's widow fighting for Veterans Administration benefits.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Lansdale, Pennsylvania) Slovik's personal and Army life profiled. Despite incapabilities, Slovik sent to Germany to fight and deserted. Mrs. Slovik claims she didn't know husband executed as deserter till 9 years after death. William Bradford Huie, author, interviewed Mrs. Slovik for his book about her husband. Slovik's legal adviser at trial and Robert DeFinis, public relations man asking Army to give Mrs. Slovik Veterans Administration benefits. Basic questions with regard to execution coming out in open. [Legal adviser Major Edward WOODS - reads letter written by Slovik to General Dwight Eisenhower, pleading for mercy.] [Ann SLOVIK - wants reversal of discharge and Veterans Administration ins. Could hold head high for a change.] Mrs. Slovik appears before Army bd. today with request. Eddie Slovk's body at Oise-Aisne military cemetery in France; buried in disgrace.
REPORTER: Betty Ann Bowser Artist: Marcia Danits
- Bowser, Betty Ann;
- Cronkite, Walter
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