To the Senate for confirmation last week Franklin Roosevelt sent two sets of nominations to increase the fighting and administrative heft of the U.S. Army.
They contained only 51 names, yet they made a good measure of the recent growth of the U.S.'s land fighting force, and one that was simpler to comprehend than numbers of men in the field or of weapons coming off production lines.
To take the place left empty by Robert Porter Patterson when he became Under Secretary of War, the President appointed Manhattan Lawyer John Jay McCloy (see p. 62) as Assistant Secretary of War.
Onetime A.E.F. artillery captain,...