World: An Unusual General

He seemed an unlikely sort of man to be a combat general. Dour, shy, peering at the world through sedate, rimless glasses, he looked more like a college president or a banker. His voice was soft, his language reserved. A small measure of the man was his constant companion, a big, silver German shepherd named King, who had been sent to Viet Nam as a sentry dog but had proved too tame for the task.

Major General Keith L. Ware's military career began when he was drafted in 1941. He soon proved that he had few peers in battle. During the...