National Affairs: Open Letter

When Admiral Louis Denfeld, who also took his stand against Defense Secretary Johnson and the workings of the unification act, was summarily fired as Chief of Naval Operations last October, he was offered another post: command of U.S. naval forces in the Eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean. Last week, in a blistering letter, mild "Uncle Louie" Denfeld told Navy Secretary Francis Matthews he was turning down the job and announced he was considering retirement from the Navy. Wrote Denfeld:

"You requested my removal from duty as Chief of Naval Operations, giving among the reasons therefor that I was, in your opinion, not loyal...

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