Plot[ edit ] The book and the film tell the story of Private Eddie Slovikthe only American soldier to be executed for desertion since the American Civil War. Sheen said he did not think actors should be compared, and made it clear he would refuse the award. Many critics and viewers consider this to be one of Sheen's finest performances. Among the other Emmy Award nominations, the film was named for "Outstanding Special".
He is the only person to have been so punished for that crime since the Civil War. Unfortunately, he was also immobilized by shelling. Equally unfortunately, he knew it, and he decided to do something about it.
Slovik and a friend, Pvt John F.
Tankey, first separated from their detachment under artillery fire in late Augustshortly after being shipped to France. The pair hooked up with a Canadian unit and spent six weeks pitching in. Having recused themselves from the hard shelling others were experiencing on the front line, they opted to rejoin their regular U.
Slovik and Tankey sent a letter to their commanding officer explaining their absence and returned on Oct. But the front lines were not a place for Pvt Slovik.
After his assignment to the rifle unit, which would face imminent danger during shelling, Slovik asked to be placed in the rear guard, indicating he was too scared to remain in front. His request was refused. He then reportedly asked whether leaving the unit again would be considered desertion, was told it would be, and opted for the seemingly safer route of, well, deserting.
One day later, Slovik was back at a U. He had drafted a letter explaining his actions and indicating that he knowingly deserted, permanently recording his guilt on paper. He was by no means the only soldier without affinity for the conditions of war, particularly on the allied side.
During the war, thousands of soldiers were tried and convicted in military courts for desertion, but up to then, all had received only time in the brig. What is clear is that Slovik was repeatedly offered opportunities to return to the line, and he equally repeatedly refused.
The case was adjudicated on Nov 11 by nine staff officers of the 28th Division, none of whom had yet been in battle. One of those judges, Benedict B. Kimmelman, wrote a stark and intriguing account of his role in the story of Pvt Slovik, capturing the scene thusly: Five witnesses were heard.
The cross-examinations were perfunctory. The defense made no closing argument. The court recessed for ten minutes, resumed, and retired almost immediately afterward.
Three ballots were taken in closed court, the verdicts unanimously guilty on all counts. In open court once more, the president announced the verdict and the sentence: The trial had begun at His criminal record, including everything from destruction of property to public intoxication to embezzlement, did not endear him to the reviewer.
More importantly, though, the advocate felt Slovik could be made an example: He has directly challenged the authority of the government, and future discipline depends upon a resolute reply to this challenge.
If the death penalty is ever to be imposed for desertion, it should be imposed in this case, not as a punitive measure nor as retribution, but to maintain that discipline upon which alone an army can succeed against the enemy.
Strangely, Pvt Slovik was the only person who would be exemplified this way. As Kimmelman notes, hundreds if not thousands of soldiers were strictly guilty of dereliction of duty and desertion in the waning days of After an appeal to the deaf ears of Dwight Eisenhower shortly before the sentence was to be carried out, Slovik was out of options.
His body was interred at a French cemetery, and after decades of lobbying the U. Because he was dishonorably discharged, Slovik was not entitled to a pension, and his wife, Antoinette, stopped receiving payments.
Curiously, though the Army managed to communicate this to her, they omitted the bit about the execution. She found out in from William Bradford Huie.
Twenty years later, the book and title were requisitioned for a well-received TV movie starring Martin Sheen. Perhaps more interesting than this film was its never-produced predecessor, which is entitled to a place in the history of the Hollywood Blacklist.
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