Army & Navy: Airmen Going Up

Naval aviators have been struggling for years to break the battleship admirals' stranglehold on topside jobs. This week, in a command shake-up being rigged for public announcement, they saw their hopes fulfilled.

Headed for the No. 2 position, Vice Chief of Naval Operations under non-flying Fleet Admiral Nimitz, was DeWitt Clinton ("Duke") Ramsey, son of an Army officer, but a naval aviator since 1916 with a well-balanced war record of sea and shore duty, and with a smooth personality which fitted him well for dealings with the civilian arms of government. The boost up the ladder would raise Ramsey from...

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