In today's Army, parachute jumping is the quickest way up. Last week three parachute generals leaped upward in the Army's top echelons. The three:

¶ General Maxwell Taylor, 53, appointed chief of the U.S. (and United Nations) Far East Command to replace retiring General John E. Hull. A handsome six-footer, Taylor was wounded once and jumped twice into battle with his 101st Airborne Division in World War II. He was the Eighth Army's last combat commander in Korea, incidentally learned Korean (he also speaks French, German, Italian, Spanish and Japanese). On a recent flight...

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