U.S. At War: Step Up, Step Down

Into Washington last week strode a big, pink, chub-cheeked Michigan Swede —Wendell Lund, of Escanaba —6 ft. 1 in., 200 lb., 36, and unknown. His new boss, WPB Chief Donald Nelson, had to be introduced to him. Washington turned a blank face. But none of this fazed Mr. Lund. He had arrived to take over the Labor Production Division of the War Production Board, to become one of the nine people who will mobilize U.S. manpower for total war.

Lund was a compromise. C.I.O. leaders had hoped the President would appoint their little...