U.S. At War: Right-Hand Man

For his second appointment of the week the President picked another old pal of his—his World War I buddy, Edward Daniel McKim, beefy, brown-haired Omaha insurance-agency executive. Ed McKim was named chief administrative assistant to the President, a job held in the Roosevelt administration by Louis McHenry Howe and later by Marvin Mclntyre.

Like Colonel Harry Vaughan, the President's military aide, Ed McKim's friendship with Harry Truman began in uniform. They first became acquainted as members of Missouri's State Guard, and both were in France with the 129th Field Artillery, 35th Division, when Harry Truman became commander of Battery D. (At that...