NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Jun 29, 1977
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(Studio) Of all convicted of desertion in World War II, Eddie Slovik was only one executed; widow claims she should get his GI insurance with interest. Hearings held at Pentagon.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(DC) Testifying is Rabbi David Mack Eichhorn, who was chaplain in 7th Army at time of Slovik's execution. Arguments of Mrs. Slovik's attorney noted. Eichhorn says during Battle of Bulge, 1000's of new troops fled and his superiors told him General Eisenhower was persuaded example needed to be made with execution of one deserter; notes details with regard to how Jewish man from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, picked. Man proved mentally unbalanced and Slovik became example After hearing,Eichhorn won't say if he believes man should have been executed as example, after battle. [EICHHORN - notes perspective in seeing one life lost in war, as opposed to 32 years later.] Correction board expected to Pass recommendation to Army Secretary in couple of weeks
REPORTER: Charles Quinn