Reward for a No Man

A general who spoke up is picked to head the Joint Chiefs

As commander of U.S. forces in Korea in 1977, General John W. Vessey Jr. courageously told a House committee that he was against then President Jimmy Carter's plan to withdraw American troops from that nation. Carter retaliated when the time came to pick an Army Chief of Staff; he reached past Vessey to elevate General Edward C. Meyer to the top post. The Pentagon buzzed with rumors that Vessey's career was finished. But last week President Ronald Reagan surprised everyone by revealing that Vessey, 59, was his choice for the...

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