No Stopping

The Navy did not say who she was, whether aging mother or young wife. But it thought her letter typical of several received recently, and therefore made it public. Somewhere in the U.S. an American woman had written:

"Please, for God's sake, stop sending our finest youth to be murdered on places like Two Jima. It is too much for boys to stand, too much for mothers and homes to take. It is driving some mothers crazy. Why can't objectives be accomplished some other way? It is most inhuman and awful—stop, stop!"

Gravely and seriously, Navy Secretary James Vincent Forrestal, who...

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