NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Jun 15, 1977
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(Studio) One soldier, Eddie Slovik, executed during World War II for desertion; 120,000 arrested for desertion. Slovik's widow in Washington, DC to ask government for help.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Pentagon) Slovik's life profiled. Slovik's life as soldier left much to be desired. After going AWOL, Slovik ordered executed by General Dwight D. Eisenhower. [Mrs. Slovik's attorney Bernard EDELSON - believes time bad for Slovik. Singled out as example to deter others from deserting.] [Mrs. Antoinette SLOVIK - wants to know why execution details not learned until 9 years after husband's death.] Arnold Shaw, Slovik's commanding officer during basic training, remembers Slovik's fear of guns; testifies before Army hearing. Secretary Army to decide if Mrs. Slovik to rec. husband's Veterans Administration insurance benefits. [Mrs. SLOVIK - believes wrongs against Eddie Slovik to be rectified.]
REPORTER: Charles Quinn Artist: Betty Wells