National Affairs: Airborne Super

Vice Admiral Aubrey W. Fitch, a 62-year-old flyer, had just taken command of the Naval Academy at Annapolis. Now the Army countered with a new West Point superintendent: Major General Maxwell D. Taylor, 44, commander of the loist Airborne Division. Handsome Missouri-born General Taylor, who speaks fluent French, Spanish and Japanese, will be the youngest Military Acaeemy head since young (39) Douglas Mac Arthur took over the Point in 1919. Taylor graduated fourth in his class the last year MacArthur was there.

General Taylor was in the thick of World War II, as artillery officer of the 82nd Airborne Division in the...

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