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Senate Probe Reveals Navy Fired Jewish Veteran Because of Mother

The son of a member of the Jewish War Veterans was fired from his Navy job as a sheet metal worker at Quonset, R. I. because of charges that he had associated with his mother who supported Henry A Wallace’s Progressive Party in 1948 This emerged today when Joseph H Sumner Jr. 26, was called before a Senate subcommittee investigating the Administration’s personnel security program.

The mother Mrs. Pauline Margaret Sumner, was also called She denied member ship in subversive groups. Young Sumner is a Navy veteran with a good record. One item cited against Sumner was the signature of his mother on a progressive party petition circulated in 1948.

Sen Frank Carlson, Kansas Republican a member of the committee said the Navy made a mistake in its handling of the Sumner case and “should have just fired him ” without raising the security issue. He also questioned the wisdom of airing such cases in public