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Letter from W.V. Myres
Honorable Harry S. Truman,
President The United States of America
The White House
Washington, D. C.
Dear Mr. President:
In the remote contingency that this letter ever comes to your personal
attention, an interesting and, I think, significant incident is related.
There appears to be a definite shift of opinion taking place in the MacArthur
matter. To substantiate this observation, I should like to relate a change in
the thinking of the same group of men in the past f ive or six weeks.
Thirteen man gather bi-weekly for luncheon and discussion. None of these men
are in anyway connected with politics of any kind. Their meeting is informal
and frequently informative.
Shortly after the General's address to the Congress, these thirteen men were
discussing the address pro and con at this luncheon. Only two of the thirteen
were the least bit critical of the General and his policy. The remainder were
enthusiastic in acclaiming the General. A few even suggested that the General
could have been elected President of the United States if a vote had been taken
Immediately after his dramatic address.
Today, this same group of men met for another luncheon. This was right after
the General's vituperative address in Austin, Texas. One of the members of the
group once more began to extol the General's latest address. Immediately eight
men in the group took sharp issue. Their remarks varied. but it was apparent
that the General had definitely lost prestige since his Congressional address.
One of the group said. "Oh MacArthur is merely laying a political predicate.
Another said, 'Even if MacArthur is correct in- everything he says, he is doing
the country a disservice by spreading such seeds of discord." At least four
others were extremely critical of the General. They felt that he was entitled
to have his say before the Congress, but that his addresses since then have
weakened his position and prestige.
If this change is any index, it would appear that the General will ultimately
talk himself into disrepute much like Senator McCarthy has done.
Your for a united and strongly Christian United States.
June 29, 1951
My dear Mr. Myres:
This is to convey the President's thanks for your kind letter and to tell you
how much he appreciates your interest in letting him have the benefit of your
views and observations.
It was indeed thoughtful of you to assure the President of your confidence.
Such fine expressions mean much to him and he is grateful.
Very sincerely yours,
WILLIAM D. HASSETT
Secretary to the President
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