NATO: Change of Command

One morning this week General Matthew B. Ridgway ceased to be allied proconsul over defeated Japan. By the terms of the peace treaty, the Japanese were a sovereign people again (see below). Three hours later came more news about Matt Ridgway: he would soon be replaced as commander of U.N. forces in Korea. The reason: President Truman had chosen him to succeed General Eisenhower at SHAPE. The change will be effective approximately June 1, the day Ike doffs his uniform to seek the presidency of the U.S.

Fateful Coalition. From a command concerned chiefly with fighting a war and negotiating...

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