U.S. At War: Fill-in from Australia

Over a long breakfast of scrambled eggs, toast and coffee, President Roosevelt got a firsthand account of warfare in the Pacific from his young, trusted friend, Congressman Lyndon Baines Johnson of Texas. Tall Lyndon Johnson, a Navy lieutenant commander, had sought active duty one hour after voting for war against Japan. He had ranged as far as Perth, Melbourne, Sidney, Darwin and Port Moresby. Now he returned to Washington 28 Ib. lighter (from a pneumonia attack) but much wiser in the ways of war.

In their four-hour talk over the coffee cups, he must have told "the Boss" plenty about the...

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