American Notes: Jul 22, 1985

MILITARY A Changing of the Guard

His academic rank (Ph.D. in political science from Princeton) earned him the right to use the title doctor in 1965. During a 42-year career in the U.S. Navy, however, William J. Crowe Jr. has always been addressed under another system of rank, and since 1973 Crowe's has been admiral. Last week President Reagan added still another title to the admiral's collection, nominating him as the next Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, effective Oct. 1. Crowe succeeds General John Vessey Jr., 63, who chose to retire nine months before the completion of his second...

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