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Posted By: Dave Gaddy on: 08/21/2009 14:31:41 EDT
Subject: RE: Re: Gen'l Myer's character

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You're correct (natch') on recollection of Sherman's remark. He preserved that attitude in his Memoirs, where he praised the elec telegraph/USMT, which required wire, over the wireless visual signals of the Corps, still forgetting the publicity he gained from "Hold the Fort for I Am Coming." During the Cuban missile crisis, there was an article in the US Naval Institute Proceedings, in which a young officer noted upper command chagrin that the Pres/CinC could "pick up the 'phone" and speak (skip-echelon) directly with the skipper of a destroyer on the scene. The young officer's advice to his seniors, as I recall it, was essentially "Get used to it, fellows -- if the technology permits it, it can and will be done.") He recognized that "The times, they are a-changing.")

And before he passed from the scene, as you know, Myer had a telephone line installed from his down-town D.C. office to his boys across the river at what became Fort Myer. He excercised it daily. What a Hollywood ending and fade-out.

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