Army & Navy - COMMAND: Decision

In undershirt with suspenders down, Carl Spaatz, announced a soldierly decision last week: no politics—he would stick to his own game. The General was interviewed while he was shaving.

President Truman had just given him one of the nation's three most important command jobs: chief of the U.S. Army Air Forces. Wasn't everyone surprised that the announcement had come so soon? "Tooey" Spaatz, amiable man of few words, continued to shave, back turned. When would he officially take over? "About Feb. 15." Was it possible he still might enter Pennsylvania politics? "I might have if they hadn't offered me Arnold's job."

The...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!