Nation: Command Shake-Up

NATO's General Lauris Norstad has been tabbed as a boy wonder for so long that many people still think of him as a young man—an impression reinforced by his youthful appearance. He made brigadier general in North Africa in 1943, when he was 36—and looked 26. A year later, he was in Washington as chief of staff of the Twentieth Air Force, helping direct the 6-29 bombardment of Japan. After the war he played a major role in helping to set up an independent Air Force. He became U.S.A.F. European commander in 1950, and has been over there ever since. From...

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