ARMED FORCES: Goodbye to Van Fleet

After 21 distinguished months as full commander in Korea and close to 42 years in the Army as cadet and officer, rugged, flat-flanked General James Alward Van Fleet got the order that all soldiers await when they pass 60: report to Washington preparatory to retirement. His successor as commander of the Eighth Army: Lieut. General Maxwell D. Taylor (see box).

Van Fleet, West Point classmate of Ike Eisenhower, went to Korea in 1951 with an unexcelled reputation for combat leadership, a reputation earned after D-day when he rose within eight months from a regimental command to command of a corps....

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