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JAMES FORRESTAL - PRINTED CARD SIGNED IN INK - HFSID 293499

JAMES FORRESTAL His signature as Secretary of the Navy, affixed below a magazine photo of him in navy vest with binoculars Printed Card Signed in Ink: "James Forrestal",

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JAMES FORRESTAL His signature as Secretary of the Navy, affixed below a magazine photo of him in navy vest with binoculars Printed Card Signed in Ink: "James Forrestal", 5½x3½ card with his printed title as Secretary of the Navy, affixed on a 8½x11 page with a photo of Forrestal from Time magazine (July 30, 1945), captioned: "Scuttlebutt made Navy men mutter JAMES FORRESTAL (1892-1949), Secretary of the Navy from 1944, became the first Secretary of Defense in 1947. Forrestal helped implement Truman's policy of integrating the armed forces, but clashed with the President over budget cuts. Forrestal met privately with Republican Presidential candidate Dewey, who intended to retain Forrestal in office. Truman summarily dismissed Forrestal on March 31, 1949. Suffering from what may have been nervous exhaustion, Forrestal was hospitalized on April 2. On May 22, Forrestal fell, leaped (or was pushed) to his death from a window at the National Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Although suicide remains the most likely cause of death, conspiracy theorists have a field day with this sequence of events. From the collection of Ralph Errington Ward (1926-2009). Ward,  a fighter pilot and squadron commander in the China-Burma-India Theater of World War II, who went on to become President and CEO of Cheseborough-Ponds, Inc., transforming the cosmetics firm into a major home product conglomerate. Adhesive on verso (affixing it to page). Otherwise, fine condition.

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