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Correspondence between Rep. Gordon McDonough and President Harry S. Truman

In his letter to the President, Congressman Gordon McDonough urges that the U.S. Marine Corps be granted full representation on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as an equal branch of the armed services along with the Army, Navy, and Air Force. In his reply, President Truman informs the Congressman that the Marine Corps is the Navy's police force and will remain so as long as he is President, the Marine "propaganda machine" notwithstanding. (The President later apologized to the Commandant of the Marine Corps for his choice of language in this letter.)
Truman, Harry S., 1884-1972
National Archives and Records Administration
Part of:
Official File 1285C, Official Files
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