Army & Navy - COMMAND: Twin Generals

The Army's most unusual brother combination received a new honor last week. Barney McKinney Giles, Chief of Air Staff, was boosted from major general to lieutenant general. The promotion put Barney two steps ahead of his twin brother, Brigadier General Benjamin Franklin Giles, in their private family competition, now about to enter its 25th year.

The Giles brothers are identical twins, Texans and airmen. Neither is a West Pointer; both have been generals since the middle of 1942. It all started on Sept. 13, 1892 in Mineola, Tex. There the boys grew up...

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