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Ballad of Wine Berets?

January 25, 1987

The article on Aaron Bank, the founder of the Green Berets, was most interesting ("Special Force Behind U.S. Special Forces," by Dennis McClellan, Jan. 11). I was especially intrigued by his account of how the name came to be. According to Bank, he suggested either a wine- or green-colored beret to the Pentagon. President Kennedy chose green because he was Irish.

If a wine color had been chosen, would they now be known as Wine Berets? They might have attracted a different sort of soldier--a David Niven, say, rather than a John Wayne.

NEILS JENSEN

Los Angeles

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