COMMAND: In the Top Layer

Lieut. General Millard F. Harmon had been missing for eight weeks—the 17th U.S. air general to become a casualty in World War II—and his fast-growing U.S. Air Force in the Pacific was still without a permanent boss. Last week the Army airmen in the Pacific got one. Lieut. General Barney M. Giles, 52, ranking member of the Army's only set of general twins,* cleared out his desk in the Pentagon Building and went off to what will become the biggest air-combat job left in World War II.

Capable, good-natured Barney Giles had left one of the most important staff jobs...