Nation: Pattern's Peer

During a speech in Nashville last month, Lyndon Johnson promised to send to Viet Nam more topflight military leaders, "the best that this country has been able to produce." Delivering on that pledge the President last week announced the assignment to Saigon of General Creighton Abrams Jr., a World War II hero who is rated the ruggedest combat commander in the U.S. Army. He will become No. 2 man to General William Westmoreland, commander of all U.S. forces in South Viet Nam.

Abe Abrams, 52, has been Army Vice Chief of Staff since September 4, 1964, the day he pinned on his...

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