"An old hand from the Korean War , Major Wendell Beard, shepherded the entire task force. He lived comfortably atop his monstrous amtrac, where he also held court much like an Arab sheikh- regally ignoring the monsoon cloudbursts raging across his local desert domain. The Major had left the Marines for one season to play professional football as "Moose" Beard of the Washington Redskins, but then he returned home to the drab-green uniform after "some really big guys worked on me-taking out two ribs." Major Beard stood six feet four and weighed about two hundred and thirty pounds-totally unflappable, confident of his Marines, a natural commander ."This quote from David Douglas Duncan, War Without Heros.