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Secretary of Defense James Forrestal, 1948

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Heidelberg, Germany, November 15, 1948: Secretary of Defense James V. Forrestal, wrapping up a three-day European Command inspection tour, asks a member of the 7777th Honor Guard about his uniform decorations during a review. Forrestal, who served as Secretary of the Navy during the latter part of World War II, was the nation's first defense secretary.
 

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