Top U.S. correspondents to France were in Monaco, goggling at Grace Kelly and her Prince (see PEOPLE), when the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Council met in Paris last week. On the agenda was a surprise item of high importance: a letter from President Eisenhower to Lord Ismay, NATO secretary-general, asking that General Alfred Maximilian Gruenther (TIME, Feb. 6) be released from duty as Supreme Allied Commander in Europe near the end of 1956. Gruenther's retirement from his NATO post and active service in the U.S. Army was assigned to "personal considerations." The council agreed with "great regret," asked Ike...

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