Nation: A PERT Man for the CIA

The public-relations men at Aerojet-General Corp. in El Monte, Calif., were puzzled. A company vice president, William F. ("Red") Raborn, 59, had advised them: "You might want to have some biographical material on me available." Then he took off on a mysterious trip to Texas.

The mystery was soon explained: Raborn, a retired Navy vice admiral, had gone to Texas to see President Johnson — and to hear himself named director of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, replacing John A. McCone. At the same time, the President announced the appointment of Richard McGarrah Helms, 52, an experienced CIA cloak-and-dagger man, as Raborn's...

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