ARMED FORCES: The Quiet Ones

At West Point, he was a "Clean Sleeve" —neither scholar, nor athlete, nor class leader. "No one." says a classmate, "would have expected him to become the first general in his class, or any general at all, as far as that goes." But in his quiet, unobtrusive way, Lyman L. Lemnitzer (TIME cover. May 11, 1959) climbed to the very top of the Army ladder. A World War II specialist in logistical problems, he drew up plans for the 1942 invasion of Africa, negotiated the German surrender in Italy in 1945, but remained enough of a combat soldier to...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!