Army & Navy - MORALE: Splice the Main Brace

Early in the war, George VI visited the Home Fleet, ordered extra grog for all hands. For the crew of a bone-dry U.S. cruiser operating with the Home Fleet: extra plates of ice cream.

Fed up with such teetotal prohibition, in force in the Navy since 1914, Vice Admiral Henry Kent Hewitt, U.S. naval commander in the Mediterranean, this week told newsmen that the rule should be lifted to allow beer on U.S. ships.


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