Army & Navy - COMMAND: Five-Star Pentagon

First to sport the new five-star insigne, on the flag of his flagship* last fortnight, was Fleet Admiral Ernest J. King. It consisted of a cluster of five stars set so as to form a pentagon, a symbolism which could scarcely escape the witty attention of junior officers on duty far from Washington. By last week, other signs of the new top rank for U.S. officers appeared.

¶ In Washington, Fleet Admiral William D. Leahy joined Admiral King in adding another half-inch stripe to the one two-inch and three half-inch stripes on his sleeve, after moving the old ones...

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