Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

Johnson, Louis Arthur, 1891-1966; Matthews, Francis Patrick, 1887-1952; Bradley, Omar Nelson, 1893-1981; Acheson, Dean, 1893-1971; Pace, Frank, 1912-1988; Finletter, Thomas Knight, 1893-1980
Cabinet officers; Armed forces officers; Naval officers; International relations; Korean War, 1950-1953

Longhand Note of President Harry S. Truman, June 25, 1952. President's Secretary's Files - Longhand Notes.

June 25, 1952

Two years ago on Sunday, June 25th I was in Independence, Mo. I was having a Sunday dinner with the family-one of the few I've been able to have with them.

The Secretary of State called me in the midst of the dinner. Told me that the UN had supported us in Korea. At 2 P.M. C.T.S. I was in the air. I sent messages to the Chiefs of Staff, the Sec. of State, the Sec. of Defense to meet me at Blair House with all their advisors for a conference and for dinner.

When I arrived at Blair House, present were Dean Acheson, Sec. of State, Louis Johnson, Sec. of Defense, the Sec. of the Army, Navy and Air Force, Gen. Bradley, Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff, Army Chief of Staff, Chief of Naval Operations, Air Chief of Staff, Mr. Acheson's advisors and the President.

I asked the Sec. of Defense how many divisions he had in Japan. I asked him how long it would take to land them in Korea. I asked the Sec. of the Navy and the Chief of Naval Operations where the 7th Fleet was and how long it would take to arrive in Korean waters. I asked the Air Force where the fighters and the bombers were in the Far East. After the answers were given, as C in C orders were issued to meet the situation. It was met and, at this time, we have the situation in hand.

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