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Slovik / World War II Desertion / Military Insurance #48828

ABC Evening News for Monday, May 30, 1977
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(Studio) Pvt. Eddie Slovik was executed in World War II for desertion. Now, widow to go before Army military records correction board to request husband's military ins.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(No location given) (WW II films and photos shown, with Slovik in them.) General Eisenhower signed execution order; Slovik is only American to be shot for desertion since Civil War. For 23 years widow Antoinette Slovik, has tried to get military insurance [Mrs. SLOVIK - says she wasn't told how husband died until 1954.] Army records on execution noted. [Widow's attorney Bernard EDELSON - says Slovik was shot during Battle of Bulge in order to set example for others who might desert.] Slovik is buried in France; records don't explain why he, out of all other deserters, was singled out. [Mrs. SLOVIK - says others are free.]
REPORTER: Bettina Gregory

Gregory, Bettina;
Reasoner, Harry

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