People: May 2, 1969

As he alighted from a commercial airliner at El Toro Marine Air Station, Calif., the major's first words were, "I can hardly wait to see that baby of mine." The major was Charles Robb, just returned from a 13-month tour in Viet Nam and eager to join Wife Lynda Bird and six-month-old Lucinda Desha, whom he had never seen. Wearing an undecorated khaki uniform, Robb agreeably deflected newsmen's questions about his plans. "I've been ducking ambushes in Viet Nam for 13 months," he said, "and now you have to ambush me here." The surprise...

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