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 - Hartford Soldier, Driver In Fatal Crash,...
Hartford Soldier, Driver In Fatal Crash, Sentenced T u n i TV U UetS Uisnon-i Orable Discharge, - , ti.,.,1 i w lcms ai uaiu iifluui Fnri. npvpne Maa Orf 19. : (AP.) An Army general court mar- tial tonight imposed severe sentences on a 19-years-old Hartford, Conn,, soldier after finding him Rullty of charges growing out of a bus accident in which five soldiers died and 34 others were injured. Pfc. Joseph R. M. Deveault, driver of the bus, was sentenced to be dishonorably discharged, to forfeit all pay and allowances and to serve two years at hard labor. The court martial after deliberating more than five hours found Deveault guilty of driving to endanger and involuntary manslaughter through negligence. Under Army procedure, the verdict and sentence is subject to review by authorities at the First Service Command and the War Department. Deveault testified that he "blacked out" while driving the loaded bus and did not know what happened. He also said that the lights had been "flickering" on a previous trip that night and that the brakes on the bus were "very low, real poor." -The accident occurred September 13 while the bus was enroute to Fort Devens with veterans who! had Just returned from -the Euro- pcan Theater of Operations. I

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  1. Hartford Courant,
  2. 20 Oct 1945, Sat,
  3. Page 1

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