Gen. George C. Marshall - in line for Defense Secretary, even though it was supposed to be a civilian job.

Gen. George C. Marshall – in line for Defense Secretary, even though it was supposed to be a civilian job.
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News for this September 13th in 1950, came from the legendary newscaster Edward R. Murrow and his daily news program Edward R. Murrow And The News.

And the news was cautious. In Korea, it was reported that General Walker claimed the days of retreat for UN forces were past and that advances were taking place all along the front and had been continuing for some time.

Another Big Three Conference being held argued over the future of Germany with the Soviet Union voting against any consideration of unification. The Allies were circulating a White Paper claiming the Soviet Union was actively stoking anti-U.S. sentiment around Yugoslavia and other border countries. The question of German unification would be a subject for argument, charges and counter-charges for decades to come, and it would become what many felt to be the potential flashpoint in any East-West showdown to come. The notion that World War 3 would start somewhere around Berlin was a very real doomsday scenario of the Cold War.

Meanwhile, back at home – the subject of the Excess Profits Tax was being argued with the charge of Socialism being bandied about on the Republican side of the isle.

But the majority of the newscast this day was regarding the proposed appointment of General George C. Marshall to the position of Defense Secretary. Marshall, who had already served as Secretary of State was warmly regarded in many circles and especially well regarded in Europe as architect of the Marshall Plan in aiding recover to Europe. The argument was the Defense Secretary had always been a civilian and Marshall’s appointment was unprecedented.

And that’s most of what went on this September 13, 1950 with Edward R. Murrow.


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