Junk in the Jungle

The Senate's Mead Committee had charged that the handling of U.S. surplus property abroad was a confused muddle (TIME, April 1). This week TIME Correspondent Frank McNaughton, on an inspection tour of Pacific bases, added some details:

How long will they last, the mountains of surplus supplies piled helter-skelter on the Pacific islands? There are uncounted thousands of cranes, bulldozers, power shovels, road graders, tractors and trucks. On Oahu and Luzon, there are at least 3,500 airplanes in various states of disrepair. On Tinian, Guam and Okinawa, there are tens of thousands of tons of medical supplies.

At least 80% of...

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