The Press: Man Overboard

Columnist Drew Pearson had an inside tip on U.S. unpreparedness for readers of his "Washington Merry-Go-Round." Wrote he: although the ist Cavalry Division was "supposed to be one of the crack combat outfits of the Regular Army," its commander, Major General Hobart Gay, had suffered a heart attack and could not pass a physical examination. Because of

Gay's condition, wrote Pearson, "Japan was picked for him as a soft berth." The facts: after a thorough physical examination at Walter Reed General Hospital, General Gay had been certified fit for full duty. On the same day that Pearson's column appeared, the newspapers...

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