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In those days secrets were well kept.

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In real danger sometimes even a democracy can really keep a secret.

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If civilians are going to be killed, I would rather have them be their civilians than our civilians.

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Sure, you would lose more bombers without fighters, but, flying in formation, you could get the job done.

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It all went back to problems we had talked about before, you know, such as the British not believing in formation bombing and not believing in daytime bombing.

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Well over fifty years ago I was making radio loudspeakers and radio sets in Rochester, New York; pretty young and inexperienced; but we survived the depression.

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My father-in-law was once Chairman of Military Affairs in the Senate, the latter part of the Wilson Administrations. He knew a lot about and was fond of the Army.

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Later the Administration wanted me to actually sell all remaining surplus by running the War Assets Corporation. I said I couldn't do it without some shoe leather.

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I believe the military should be wary of diplomacy until war is declared; then the State Department should keep its nose out and let the military do whatever is necessary to win.

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FDR had been Assistant Secretary of the Navy. They told me, now forgotten, just how many pictures of ships they took out of the White House after he died. But he could choose good men.

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