As the new Secretary of the Navy, President Eisenhower last week appointed Charles Sparks Thomas, 56, who has been serving as Assistant Secretary of Defense for supply and logistics. A onetime director of Lockheed Aircraft and president of a retail clothing chain (Foreman & Clark), Thomas is also an old Navy hand. During World War I he was a Navy flyer; in World War II he served as an air supply specialist in the Navy Department.

California Republican Thomas had confidently expected to become Secretary of the Navy in 1953 when Dwight Eisenhower took office. But Ike gave the job to...

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