MANPOWER: If the Nation Calls

It was a solemn meeting of the nation's wartime leaders. The President was flanked by General George Marshall, Fleet Admiral Ernest King, Home Front Czar James Byrnes. Top men of the House and Senate military affairs committees had been called in to listen. At that meeting, held at the White House one day last week, Franklin Roosevelt once again asked for a national service act.

The President read a report from Secretary Stimson. He asked Jimmy Byrnes to reiterate the needs of industry. Admiral King spoke briefly. George Marshall made the strongest appeal...

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