Army & Navy: New Boss in ETO

The Army last week announced a new commanding general for field forces in the European Theater of Operations (which does not include Mediterranean operations). His name: Major General Leonard T. Gerow (pronounced ja-roe).

Pentagon pundits offered explanations: 1) his predecessor, Major General Russell P. ("Scrappy") Hartle (new assignment unannounced), was due for relief from 18 months of duty overseas; 2) Townsend Gerow holds the confidence of Chief of Staff George Marshall, whom he followed by ten years at Virginia Military Institute.* Best guess was that Gerow's reputation earned him a job that may take him to the bridgeheads on Western Europe. He...

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