ARMED FORCES: As Common as Chewing Gum

Crewcut, clear-eyed and firm of jaw, Colonel Gerald V. Kehrli had been a model Air Force officer for 28 years. In May 1970, he took command of a less-than-spirited air transport squadron at Saigon's Tan Son Nhut airbase, and before long the unit was back at a peak of morale. "It was guys like Colonel Kehrli who gave you that go-go spirit," one of his former officers said last week. "He was the kind of man you really wanted to work for."

As it turned out, the squadron was high on Kehrli in more...

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