National Affairs: Action on M-Day

The long-distance call from Connecticut roused Joe Martin out of a sound sleep in Washington's Hay-Adams House at 1:30 a.m. Said a woman's voice: "I think it's terrible." "What's terrible?" asked the House Republican leader wearily. Then Joe Martin was shocked awake by the news that Douglas MacArthur had been fired.

The shock was only momentary. By midmorning, on Martin's signal, the Republican leadership moved smoothly into battle position. Martin, longtime admirer of Douglas MacArthur, quickly assumed the role of leader in getting him back to the U.S. to make his position clear...

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