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What does "service secretaries" mean?

Frequently now the president called together at the White House the two service secretaries, Knox and Stimson, and the two uniformed heads of the services, Stark and Marshall, as well as Hull and Hopkins. This group, which Stimson called the War Council and which resembled the Defense Committee of the British War Cabinet, was as close as Roosevelt came at this stage to institutionalized decision-making in national security affairs

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  • Mamie
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    3 months ago
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    Henry Stimson was Roosevelt's Secretary of War during WW II. Frank Knox was the Secretary of the Navy.

    According to Wikipedia:

    The secretary of the Army is nominated by the president and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. ...This position was created on September 18, 1947, replacing the secretary of war, when the Department of War was split into the Department of the Army and Department of the Air Force.

    In other words, there was no Secretary of the Army until after FDR died.

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  • 3 months ago

    monica lewinski

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  • 3 months ago

    Probably: military service secretaries.

    I.e. the Secretary of the Army and the Secretary of the Navy.

    (Note: Air Force was not a separate department until after WWII.)

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