Nation: The Leavetaking

"I believe," said Montana's Mike Mansfield to the Senate shortly after noon one day last week, "that in this statesman-soldier we have a man of extraordinary ability and integrity who well understands the situation in that area, and who will represent us with great patriotism and great devotion. I believe this is a truly outstanding appointment for which this country can be proud."

Majority Leader Mansfield was speaking of General Maxwell Davenport Taylor, 62, whose nomination as U.S. Ambassador to South Viet Nam, succeeding Henry Cabot Lodge, had just been unanimously confirmed.

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