National Affairs: Man in Motion

Harry Truman wanted to be in on a bit of U.S. history-making—the birth of the new National Military Establishment. He had planned a full-dress White House show this week for the swearing in of Defense Secretary James V. Forrestal. Last week the plans went out the window on a sudden breeze.

Cables popping into Washington told about the touchy little incident at Trieste. The top brass got a little excited. Jimmy Forrestal thought it was time to show some of the old hustle. He talked to Clark Clifford at the White House. Off went...

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