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Posted By: Dave Gaddy on: 08/21/2009 10:21:40 EDT
Subject: RE: Re: Gen'l Myer's character

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Now we have our own website "Bob and Ray"!!

Amen, to what you've said. Viewed, however, from the ingrown ranks of "the Old Army's" seniors, Myer's singleheadedness was seen not as a plus, but a minus, for he did not hesitate to pull political strings and go outside the system to advance what he believed in. That made him a loose cannon in their eyes. His seizing upon meteorology as a means to justify the postwar mission of a signal corps -- while, at the same time, gaining control at last over telegraphy -- records him as a man of the future. (Contrast Sherman's remarks about the irrelevance of weather to the solder with Patton's WW II charge to his chaplain to pray for clearing skies!) His triumph was diminished by his untimely death -- all the makings of a movie or a grand opera. Anyone who has served in the "combat support" side can identify with his accomplishments. Even over at today's NOAA the sons of the old Weather Bureau should have his portrait on their walls.

Dr. Scheips sought to produce that story with a modification of his dissertation that he didn't live to see. Perhaps the one to do that hasn't yet appeared. When that happens, the information found on these pages may help place matters in perspective. Good on ya' both!

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