Army & Navy: The Rise of Sergeant Krim

The old army noncoms who still wear chevrons in the vastly expanded U.S. Army of 1943 have something to brag about. One of them has set some kind of a record for promotion.

In April of last year, tall, serious George Krim was a master sergeant. He had 26 years of service behind him, and the respect that officers give to oldtimers who know all the answers. Today George Krim is a lieutenant colonel.

After returning from France in 1919, George Krim, with a new set of sergeant's chevrons on his sleeve, became a regular soldier and a tankman. Over two decades he...

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