War: EIGHTH ARMY'S NEW COMMANDER

Name and Rank: James Alward Van Fleet, lieutenant general, U.S. Army.

Born: March 19, 1892, at Coytesville, N.J. His father, William, took the family homesteading to Florida a year later, became first president of the Jacksonville, Tampa & Key West Railway.

Appearance: Big-boned and muscular (6 ft.1 in., 190 tbs.), blue-eyed, with greying, close-cropped hair.

Education: High school at Summerlin Institute, Bartow, Fla.; West Point, Class 1915. Played halfback on the Army varsity in his senior year. Ranked 92nd among 164 graduates. Among his classmates: Dwight Eisenhower (ranked 61) and Omar Bradley (ranked 44).

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