National Affairs: A Simple Ceremony

As the band and the long columns of troops swung in review, the dust rose over the parade ground at San Antonio's Fort Sam Houston. The man who took the salute, a lame, lanky, partially deaf General with a strained look about the eyes, was reviewing his last parade as an active officer. He was Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright, veteran of 45 years of Army service, and the symbol of both U.S. unpreparedness and victory in the Pacific.

General Wainwright was just one week past the Army's compulsory retirement age of 64. Since his return...

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