WASHINGTON (Jul. 10)
George Rockwell, self-styled leader of the American Nazi party, held his weekly rally again today at the new location provided for him by the District of Columbia authorities. He was shielded by 26 uniformed troopers, some of whom carried knives in their belts. A similar number of his followers were scattered through the audience of about 200, many of whom were Jews.
Rockwell was heckled by many of the spectators and ended the meeting 20 minutes after it began. His appearance was televised by a private firm which caters to independent and ABC affiliated stations. Rockwell announced that his rallies would be going on regardless of what would happen and that if he were prevented from speaking, someone else would take his place.
Rockwell was freed on bond last week following his arrest on a disorderly conduct charge in connection with a fight which broke out at a similar rally last Sunday. He is scheduled to appeasement July 27. Assistant Corporation Counsel Clark King has asked the court to initiate insanity proceedings against the Nazi.
The Marine Corps this weekend dismissed a young Bronx private who had been a member of Rockwell’s party. Gen. David M. Shoup, Marine commandant, ordered a “general discharge” for 22-years old Pfc. John C. Patsalas, an administrative clerk at the Marine Corps School at Quatico, Va. The formula contains the phrase “under honorable conditions” but it is not an honorable discharge. Gen. Shoup acted under a regulation permitting discharge of enlisted persons “for reasons of unsuitability.”
The action apparently was prompted by widespread protests after Kockwell had boasted repeatedly that he had “recruited” a Marine for his anti-Semitic group. Patsalas had been arrested by the Shore Patrol but had been released after questioning.