PACIFIC WAR LASTING INTO 1949?
Admiral’s Statement Shocks the Nation
WASHINGTON, D.C—The Navy is planning for the Pacific war to last into 1949, Vice Chief of Naval Operations Vice Admiral Frederic Horne said today, informing that the Navy has plans to wage war until then. His statement shocked the country. Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox reinforced the vice chief by warning against "...an almost criminally careless belief that the war has already been won...", but stressed "...we can win before that time." When asked about the admiral’s statement, Director of War Mobilization James F. Byrnes did not contradict the admiral, but said, "If anyone else is planning on that basis, I do not know that they are."