Capital Matters

February 07, 1991

Legislator called up

Three weeks of lobbying to be called to active duty with the Marines finally paid off for Delegate John C. Astle, D-Anne Arundel.

The 47-year-old legislator's call-up notice arrived Tuesday. A Marine Corps Reserve colonel, he was shot down twice and wounded twice while flying helicopters in Vietnam and has been lobbying the Pentagon to be called up ever since the Persian Gulf war started. He will be the first Maryland legislator called for active duty since the war began.

Mr. Astle said yesterday that he will report Feb. 14 to the Marine Corps Mobilization Station at Aberdeen. His next stop will be Camp Lejeune, N.C.

He does not plan to give up his legislative seat. "The main thing this office does is serve people," he said. His staff will continue working, and he hopes to keep in touch by exchanging tapes and letters.

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