ARMED FORCES: Wizard for the Corps

To succeed retiring General Lemuel C. Shepherd as Commandant of the Marine Corps, President Eisenhower last week named Lieut. General Randolph McCall Pate, 57, a warmly modest little South Carolinian with a flamethrower's efficiency but none of its roar.

The corps' 21st commandant, born across Battery Creek from the Marines' Parris Island at Port Royal, S.C., began soldiering as a World War I Army private. After that, Randolph Pate, like Lemuel Shepherd, entered Virginia Military Institute,* graduated at the top of his class ('21), and entered the corps as a second lieutenant. For the next 20 years, Pate served in Hawaii,...

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