Army & Navy: How to Move

Everybody made cracks about the Navy Department moving across the Potomac into the Army's sprawling, 42-acre Pentagon Building (even Secretary of War Stimson cracked: "The lion and the lamb are preparing to lie down together"). Then some Navy employes found on their desks an official-looking memorandum on U.S. Fleet stationery. Excerpts:

"Civilian personnel will be granted six days leave or will be required to retire at 6:30 p.m. for ten days prior to moving to the Pentagon.

"All personnel being moved will provide themselves with a sleeping bag, food and water for one week, clothing...

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