Army & Navy - COMMAND: Not Favorably Considered

Every now & then, plain U.S. citizens get carried away by the superior gold braid of other nations. The U.S. Navy, which to civilian eyes has a fair amount of gold braid of its own, is not immune to such rankophilia. After brooding over the glittering top rank of the British armed forces —13 Field Marshals, ten Admirals of the Fleet, four Marshals of the R.A.F.—Secretary Knox asked Congress to authorize the rank of Admiral of the Fleet for U.S. forces.

What looked good to the Navy looked good to the Army too; Congress began...

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