ARMED FORCES: The Future of the Pacific

Coming back from the Oriental sea frontier of the U.S., Artemus L. ("Di") Gates, ace in World War I and now Assistant Secretary of Navy for Air, said when he stopped off at Pearl Harbor: "We can never go back to prewar status. We have to keep permanent bases in the Marianas. Those islands . . . [should be] another Pearl Harbor . . . another Pearl Harbor 3,500 miles west of this place here."

Di Gates's proposal has the tacit backing of the Navy because it goes to the heart of future peace in the Pacific. As long as the...

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