Nation: THREE TOP SOLDIERS

Key figures in the U.S. military-command changes caused by the appointment of General Maxwell Taylor as U.S. ambassador to Saigon:

General Earle Gilmore Wheeler, 56, new chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, moves up from Army Chief of Staff. Wheeler's appointment is another break in the tradition of rotating the Joint Chiefs' chairmanship among the three services. This happened partly by a process of elimination. Air Force Chief of Staff Curtis LeMay, 57, is scheduled to retire next February. The Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral David McDonald, 57, has been on the job...

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