Army & Navy - COMMAND: Relieving the Watch

The master of ceremonies was Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz. In the row of admirals' heads in the paneled Navy Department board room, his cotton top stood out like a white flag. While Secretary Forrestal smiled approval, 60-year-old Admiral Nimitz formally presented the new cast of characters now taking over from 67-year-old Admiral King's war-weary team. As things go in the Navy, the accent was decidedly on youth: the new high command averaged five and a half years younger.

No. 2 man to Nimitz is Admiral DeWitt C. ("Duke") Ramsey, 57, longtime...

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