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A random photo of a World War II colonel

Just look at him. A youth. What a time.

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Just look at him. A youth. What a time.

I think it is this guy. Built his own glider in college. Retired as Vietnam erupted.

Air Force Historical Research Agency

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. @tomricks1

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