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By Mark Davis
The nation founders, the Lone Star State thrives
Topic - George Marshall
Bud Zumwalt took what he learned during the tumultuous 1960s with him when he became the nation's youngest chief of naval operations, earning a reputation as a reformer who fought racism and sexism and worked to improve the lives of sailors.
The U.S. Army entered World War II with distinct assets and liabilities. On the debit side, it was small in terms of personnel. Much of its equipment was inferior to the Germans' in both quality and quantity. And its senior officers had no combat experience to compare with that of the enemy.
Looking back, Marshall told Dwight D. Eisenhower, "I wasn't so much interested in ... [generals'] tactical skills as I was in having sturdy, aggressive fighters who would stand up during moments of adversity."
After the flawed campaign in North Africa at the end of 1942, Marshall called at Eisenhower's headquarters and urged him to leave mundane matters to his staff and relax more.