Army & Navy - MERGER: Fishwives & Red Herrings

The merger argument reached a shrill, fishwifely pitch last week. Everyone figured that the debate was in its final stage; almost everyone joined in.

Fleet Admiral King used his final report on his four-year stewardship* to labor his contention that unity of command in Washington would have done nothing to shorten the war.

Navymen presented colored charts which purported to show how superior was the Navy's "National Security" plan (TIME, Nov. 5, Dec. 10) to the Army plan for out-&-out service merger. Navy Secretary Forrestal added the ill-tempered charge that the Army had "muzzled" its officers, forbidding them to express their...

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