ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Apr 06, 1976
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(Studio) In San Diego, California, parents of Marine who died of injuries from recruit training file $3.5 million damage suit against United States Marine Corps. Corps has 6 mos. to respond to suit. Congress cmtes. may investigate charges of undue harshness from Marine drill instructors.
(Parris, Island, SC) Orders given in November to drill instructors to not be as rough with recruits. 30,000 trained here each year by 898 D.I's. There were 167 allegations of assault in 1975. Results: 104 nonjudicial punishments; 6 acquittals and 1 court-martial. Recruit, Harry Hitzbach, shot in hand by D.I., sergeant Robert Henson,in February Abuses allegedly caused death of recruit, Warren John,in 1971. [Commander, Major General Arthur POILLON - says usually abuse by 0.1. is minor.] United States Marine Corps welcomes congress investigation.
REPORTER: Frank Tomlinson
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