ARMED FORCES: On Top of the World

An airman who also knows how to fight on the ground was appointed last week commander of all Army, Navy and Air forces in Alaska.

Soft-voiced Major General William E. Kepner, 57, was a soldier's soldier before he became an airman's airman. He began his military career at 16 when he ran away from Kokomo (Ind.) High School and joined the Marine Corps. Seven years later he marched to the Mexican border with the Indiana National Guard. In 1918 he was an infantry captain in France, won a Distinguished Service Cross, was bayoneted in the back and had half...

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