ARMED FORCES: Old Soldier Retires

All his life Albert Coady Wedemeyer lived in the Army. Both his father and grandfather were Army bandmasters, and he was brought up amid the smells of gun oil and polished leather. And all his own Army life, like any good soldier, Wedemeyer longed for a fighting field command.

But as a close student of his profession and of international affairs, tall, spare Al Wedem was marked out early in his career as a topflight staff officer.* like such contemporary Army "brains" as "Beetle" Smith and Al Gruenther (now Eisenhower's chief of staff), and like George Marshall. Graduating from...

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