Army & Navy - MARINES: Well in Hand

Downstairs in the carefully preserved brick house alongside the Marine Barracks in southeast Washington, where the Commandants of the Corps have lived since 1805, a new portrait will soon be hung. In keeping with Corps tradition, the picture has already been painted. It now hangs upstairs. It will come downstairs the day Lieut. General Thomas Holcomb, 17th Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, takes his last look around, leaves to make room for a new Marine boss.

That day is close at hand.

Solid, spectacled "Tommy" Holcomb announced briefly this week that he was retiring as head of the Marine Corps, seven...

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