THE ARMED FORCES: A Fair Deal For Old Hardnose?

"I'd have followed him into the jaws of hell—and had a hard time catching up with him," said an admiring captain. Lieut. General Robert L. Fair is headed for a more prosaic destination, however, and defenders of a tough, nononsense, old-style Army are dismayed. As of next week Fair, 52, will retire for "personal reasons"—the most important being that he and his commanding officer hated each other's guts.

When Fair became commander of the Army's 50,000-man V Corps in West Germany last August, it was only a matter of time before he...

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