Army & Navy - COMMAND: Empty Desks

The nation's wartime civilian chiefs have begun their exodus from Washington. Last week Assistant Secretary of War John Jay McCloy, policy handler for the War Department and its liaison man with the State Department, stepped out. A few days later the resignation of his colleague, Assistant Secretary for Air Robert Abercrombie Lovett, landed on the White House desk.

Baldheaded, 50-year-old John McCloy, World War I veteran, Wall Street lawyer, had served the Government for five years. He had handled everything from an idea for puddle-jumping artillery-observation planes to drafting Lend-Lease legislation. His...

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