The Press: Newsman's Soldier

Well remembered by Washington newsmen is 56-year-old Brigadier General Alexander Day Surles, a leathery, convivial cavalryman whose lanky legs possess one of the notable bows of the armed forces. Popular brigade commander in Fort Knox's Armored Force, he made his name with newsmen as head of Army's press section from 1935 to 1939. Then a lieutenant colonel, with pacifist critics his chief problem, newsmen rated him the ablest question-answerer ever to hold down the job.

Last week Cavalryman Surles, dreaming wistfully of field maneuvers, was again back on the old job, appointed head of Army Public Relations to replace Major General Robert...

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