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tHE MICHIGAN DAILY

Saturday, August 13, 1977

Slovik's widow loses case

WAyIHINCTON /V - Army
ecretary Clifford Alexander
today upheld the World War It
conviction and execution of Pvt.
Caddie Slovik, the only Ameri-
an scldier put to death for de-
sertion since the Civil War.
Alexander's ruling prevents
3lovik's crippled and destitute
rvdosz 62-year-old Mrs. An-
lcine'te Slovik, from collecting
en e't:imated $70,000, including
interest, on her husband's war-
lime government life insurance
7ollcy
"THIS IS TERRTRLE, just
terrible," she said, dabbing
tears from her eyes.
Hew attorney, Bernard Edel-
tin, said he would advise her
to make a personal appeal to
President Carter to reverse the
Ar my's decision.
The Army announcement said
that 'the record clearly reflects
that Private Slovik deserted to

avoid combat duty" and that
the l.w "precludes payment in
the case of individuals who are
conv-ted of desertion."
IN A BRIEF statement, the
Am ' said that Alexander had
t'tfirted the recommendations
of an all-civilian review board,
"A'hough the report of the
board expressed sympathy and
compassion for Mrs. Slovik,"
the statement said, "it found no
Lasis for changing Private Slo-
v-k's military records."
Therefore, the statement
said, the board unanimously
recommended rejection of Mrs.
Slovik's bid.
She learned of the Army's
decision an hour before the of-
f.cial announcement.
ROGERT DE FINIS of Lans-
dale, Pa., a friend of Mrs. Slo-
v;k, told a reporter the Army
hod notified them at a Wash-

ington hotel that "we lost" and
that -'nothing will be done" to
g've Mrs. Slovik the benefits
she his been denied for over 32
years because her husband was
found guilty of desertion.
"They feel the trial was fair
and that the law is very clear
that Mrs. Slovik is not entitled
to anything," De Finis said.
Mrs. Slovik was notified an
hour before the Army planned
to make an official announce-
ment of the decision of an all-
c-vili-n review board and Alex-
ander's action following that
decision.
MRS SLOVIK sat in a Wash-
ington hotel room dabbing tears
from her eyes after learning of
;he decision. The embittered
widow said, "This is terrible,
just terrible. I feel badly enough
to die right now."
Wi'h the wife of her attorney
holding her hand, the gray-

I-irea Mrs. Slovik sat in a
wheel chair and poured out her
grief.
"Ttey (the Army) refused to
admic error when Eisenhower
was in there because they
didn't want to embarrass him."
"But Eisenhower now is
gone - and so is Nixon," she
said.
HE WAS SHOT as a deter-
rent. Why was nobody notified
- net even me - until nine
years later?" she said.
As reporters stood in the
room, she thanked them for ex-
p'essing concern and told them
to "splash it all over. Let the
people know what kind of Army
we've got."
De Finis said the five-man.
board was "unanimous against
us.'
Alexander could have over-
ruled the board but he appar-
ently agreed with its decision.

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De Finis said Mrs. Slovik
wll now ask President Carter,
as commander in chief, to act
to redress what she contends
is an injustice.
De Finis said she would ap-
pal to the President "to see if
he can find it in his heart to do
something for her."
Snipers kill
1 trooper,
wound 3 in
N. Ireland.
BELFAST, Northern Ireland
(A') - Irish Republican Army
(IRA) guerrillas killed a British
marine and wounded three other
soldiers yesterday. The outbreak
appeared to be a bid to restore
IRA credibility after its failure
to carry out a threat to disrupt
Queen Elizabeth It's visit.
A military spokesman report-
ed gun battles between troops
and snipers crackled around the
Belfast's Turf Lodge district, a
stronghold of the IRA's Provi-
sional Wing.
THE VIOLENCE was trigger-
ed by a guerrilla bomb attack
on an Army foot patrol in which
two troopers were wounded. As
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snipers opened up. They fatally
wounded the marine and hit
another trooper in the chest.
Gunfire was heard in the Ro-
msa Catholic area for some
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