Army & Navy - MERGER: Three-in-One

Referring to the merger brawl between Army & Navy brass hats, Harry Truman had said that they would all be in the same boat when he sent up a message. Last week, the President launched his boat, and sure enough they were all in it—but it flew the Army's flag. Ex-Artilleryman Harry Truman's plan:

One Department of National Defense, headed by a single Secretary; under him an under secretary and several assistant secretaries to take on whatever assignments are necessary "from time to time."

Three "coordinated branches," each with an assistant secretary, for land,...

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