Army & Navy - MERGER: Mr. Truman Decides

One man who has kept mouse-still while he listened to the squabble over the merger of the armed services is about ready to speak out. Harry Truman has been in favor of the merger for a long time. Last week he turned down Navy Secretary Forrestal's plea to throw the whole thing to an umpire commission. He also confided to friends that he would ask Congress to pass a merger law which would establish an independent air force and put Army, Navy and Air under one Cabinet member.

Before that he took another firm, if tardy, step. He short-circuited...

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