Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

MacArthur, Douglas, 1880-1964; Bradley, Omar Nelson, 1893-1981; Marshall, George C. (George Catlett), 1880-1959; Acheson, Dean, 1893-1971
Football; Armed forces officers; Korean War, 1950-1953; Cabinet officers

Longhand Note of President Harry S. Truman, December 2, 1950. President's Secretary's Files - Longhand Notes.

December 2, 1950

Decided to go to Philadelphia to the annual contest between the West Point and Annapolis football teams. Army had won nearly all its games. Navy had lost nearly all. Army, rated No. 2 in the nation, Navy No. 64 or 65. There was a contest on 64 or 65!

All the odds were on Army. Some of my party were giving from 12 to 21 points and betting even money on the Army team.

I was the guest of the Navy and I'm always for the underdog. In spite of my Army background I bet on the Navy, and, as in 1948, against all the dope, the sport experts etc.-Navy Won 21 to 14.

When I arrived at Blair House I had a call from Sec. of State Acheson. He, General Marshall and General Bradley came to see me. General MacArthur is in serious trouble. He's made some very undiplomatic statements. One I had to force him to withdraw. He made a bad one just before the election and another just after.

Now he's in very serious trouble. We must get him out of it, if we can. The conference was the most solemn one I've had since the Atomic Bomb conference in Berlin. We continue it in the morning. It looks very bad.


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