Into Sixth Army Headquarters at San Francisco's Presidio last week trooped a platoon of dealers in Army surplus goods. They had been summoned by Colonel Paul Steele, supply officer, who was anxious to buy back some of the $15.7 billion worth of the property the Government has sold as surplus (for 27.2¢ on the dollar) in the U.S. since World War II. Colonel Steele gave them a list of urgent needs: 32,000 field jackets, 100,000 blankets, 37,000 combat boots, etc. By week's end, after spending $600,000, he had filled most of his needs, though the Army had to pay...

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