Defense: Uncle Sam Wants Who

"I am well aware," said President Kennedy midway through his solemn appeal for a stronger and more flexible U.S. military establishment, "that many American families will bear the burden of these requests; studies or careers will be interrupted; husbands and sons will be called away." Next day, in a message to Congress, the President was even more specific about who the active burden bearers will be: 250,000 men who, either for the first time or as recalled veterans, will be hustled into the uniforms of the U.S. armed forces.


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