Using a side door to dodge the press, Navy Secretary John Sullivan stomped into President Harry Truman's oval study one day last week. For 15 angry minutes he criticized his new boss, Defense Secretary Louis Johnson, and the abrupt cancellation of the Navy's 65,000-ton supercarrier (TIME, May 2). Then he laid down a bitter letter of resignation and headed for the door.

Harry Truman called him back. After all, the President argued, Sullivan was sore at Louis Johnson, not at Harry Truman. The resignation would be accepted, sure, but it would have...

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