Armed Forces: Slugger's Turn

The job of Chief of Staff of the Army has been coveted by William C. Westmoreland ever since his days as a plebe in West Point's famed Class of '36. Last week, after 46 grueling months of battles and frustrations as the supreme commander of 533,000 American fighting men in Viet Nam, the prize was his. Ironically, General Westmoreland, 54, the jut-jawed epitome of a "straight arrow" soldier to untold thousands of sweat-stained G.I.s in jungles and paddies, will leave Saigon this week a frustrated, disappointed man.

Westmoreland, radiating the virile confidence and irrepressible optimism that gave him the look and...

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