AIR: Death of the Young Colonel

To the U.S. last week came news of the end of one of the most spectacular careers in the Army's history. Donald M. Keiser had died Dec. 11, "of natural causes," somewhere in Africa, where he was chief of staff of the Bomber Command in Major General Lewis H. Brereton's Middle East Air Force.

Five years ago Michigan-born Don Keiser was a private in the Air Corps. When he died at 28 he was probably the youngest man in the U.S. Army to wear a colonel's eagles. He went from the ranks to become...

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