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After the Army transport had taxied to a halt on Atsugi airfield one day last week, the first man to climb down was a tall, loose-jointed officer with the three stars of a lieutenant general gleaming on his shirt collar. Said the General, grinning:

"This is the beachhead where I was supposed to land. General MacArthur gave me this area. I never expected to reach it in a plane without a shot being fired at me."

Lieut. General Robert Lawrence Eichelberger, 59, newly appointed commander of the Tokyo area, already had on hand his own crack 11th Airborne Division, commanded...

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