National Defense: Boss of Morale

With one of the most unusual appointments of World War II, Franklin Roosevelt last week tackled the problem of Army morale (see p. 30).

To the exalted rank of Brigadier General and the responsible job of heading up the Morale Branch of the War Department, he named a civilian who had never served in the Army. The new general was moose-tall (6 feet 8), 52-year-old Frederick Osborn, Manhattan broker.

Succeeding ailing Brigadier General James A. Ulio, the tallest general in the Army has plenty of background for his job of dealing with soldiers and looking after their wants, recreational and otherwise. In World...

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