National Affairs: Word from the General

Like an eggbeater marching through a bowl of Wheaties, Air Force Lieut. Colonel Charles H. Platt Jr. led his wife and four children through the crowded, throbbing Military Air Transport Service terminal at suburban Tokyo's Tachikawa Airport, largest military airbase in Japan. MATS clerks straightened, for Colonel Platt was notable local brass: he was commanding officer of the MATS terminal. Off on a 14-day leave in Hawaii, Platt called for booking—six seats—on the Pacific Express, a 41-passenger C-118 due out within minutes on a U.S.-bound milk run.

A clerk pointed out that the...

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