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Thursday, May 27, 1976

General seeks end to Marine scandal

WASHINGTON ' -- Marine
Commandant Louis Wilson testi-
fied yesterday he is "taking all
possible action-rapidly" to min-
imize boot camp abuses such as
the alleged beating death of one
recruit and shooting and wound-
ing of another.
"I am determined that our re-
cruits will be treated firmly,
fairly and with dignity-and still
be transformed into the world's
best fighting men," Gen. Wilson
told the Iluose military person-
nel subcommittee.
congressmen he wished he could
say the incidents were "aberra-
tions in an otherwise perfect
"Unfortunately, I cannot," he
Wilson was referring to the
alleged beating death of Pvt.
Lynn McClure in San Diego and
the accidental shooting of Pvt.
Harry Hiscock in the hand dur-
ing hazing at Parris Island,
S.C., last January.
GEN. WILSON said he is tak-

ing three major steps to mini-
mibe boot camp abuse of re-
-Reducing the "l e v e l of
stress" on both drill instructors
and recruits in several ways
such as reducing the number of
training hours.
-Doubling the supervision of
officers over drill instructors at
the company level.
-Improving screening a n d
training of officers and ser-
geants before assigning them to
recruit depots.
WILSON SAID the Marines
had found no evidence of wrong-
doing by the recruiter who sign-
ed up Pvt. McClure, a mentally
deficient recruit. McClure died
in March of head injuries suf-
fered in a mock bayonet train-
ing exercise at the San Diego
Marine recruit depot. Witnesses
said he was hit with pugil sticks
as he lay on the ground pleading
for his life. McClure's death
prompted an investigation into
recruiting practices.
Wilson said McClure did not
tell the recruiter he had been

in a mental institution and had
a police record and said the re-
cruiter did check with police
and found no record.
BUT AN aide, Brig. Gen. Rich-
ade Schulze, said later that
while the investigation found no
evidence of wrongdoing, it was
unable to answer definitely sev-
eral key points.
Schulze acknowledged that the
recruiter quoted non-existent po-
lice records as saying McClure
had no record. But he said the
recruiter proved he had tele-
phoned three police officials and
had apparently had w r i t t e n
down the wrong names.
The investigation did not an-
swer the question of why Mc-
Clure scored 7 per cent on his
first mental test and then scored
59 per cent a month later and
was able to get into the corps,
Schulze said.
CHICAGO (-) - The Na-
tional Safety Council says that
- on a mile-for-mile basis -
1975 was the safest year for
motor vehicle travel in Ameri-
can history.
The council says preliminary
traffic safety statistics for the
year show "the mileage death
rate, dropped to 3.5 fatalitites
per 100 million vehicle miles
traveled - the lowest mileage
death rate the council has
recorded, in the 52 years it has
kept motor vehicle statistics."
In 1974 the mileage death
rate was 3.6 fatalities per 100
million vehicle miles.
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HE SAID that if the 7 per
cent reflected McClure's true
mental ability then it is "highly
unlikely" that McClure could
have scored well enough to get
into the Marines a month later
without improper coaching from
Since the investigation found
no evidence of wrongdoing, the
recruiter was allowed to retire,
Schulze told reporters.
But he added: "If further
facts are brought up, we'll re-
open the investigation. We can

bring him (the recruiter) back
if we have to."
Schulze also confirmed to the
subcommittee the substance of
testimony b ya former Marine
recruiter in Detroit, Kenneth
Taylor, that recruiters cheated
under pressure to meet quotas
and signed up men who did not
meet the Marine Corps' mental,
moral and medical standards.
"The situation in Detroit at
that time was very poor,"
Schulze said. He said an in-
vestigator was sent in to "clean
up the place."

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