Anna Marie Lederer Rosenberg decided to answer the letter by phone. In New York she put in a call to Defense Secretary George Marshall. "What's your answer, Anna?" asked Marshall. "Any request of yours to me has always been a command," said Mrs. Rosenberg.

George Marshall did not wait for President Truman's formal appointment. He announced to the press that Anna Rosenberg, 48, would take the big, pressure-blown, $15,000-a-year job of Assistant Secretary of Defense in charge of manpower and personnel. No woman had ever before held such a job in the...

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