National Affairs: AN AIRMAN-BOSS FOR NATO

Slated to succeed General Alfred M. Gruenther as supreme allied commander in Europe at year's end: General Lauris Norstad, U.S. Air Force.

Born: March 24, 1907 in Minneapolis, of Norwegian-Swedish stock, the son of a hard-working U.S.-born Lutheran minister.

Education: High school in Red Wing, Minn. (pop. 10,645); planned to study law, but became interested in the Army when he tagged along with his father to Fort Riley, Kans. on church business; graduated 139th (weak in science and mathematics) in the 1930 class at West Point; went off to flight training in the Army...

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