The Presidency: Marines' Marine

Of all the fine fighting men of the U.S. Marine Corps, few have performed with greater gallantry and dogged skill under fire than a stocky (5 ft. 9 in., 175 Ibs.), spectacled Indianian named David Monroe Shoup. Right after he was made colonel in 1943, Dave Shoup (rhymes with troop) led the 2nd Marine Regiment in storming Tarawa, won the Medal of Honor. Last week, selecting a successor to retiring General Randolph Pate, 61, as Marine Corps Commandant, President Eisenhower passed over five lieutenant generals and four senior major generals, named Major General Shoup, 54.

Dave Shoup's Medal of Honor citation describes...