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Sec. McNamara Sends Thank-You Letters to Families of Reservists and National Guardsmen

Jan. 9, 1962 - Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara has expressed the nation’s gratitude to the more than 150,000 reservists and National Guardsmen called to active duty last fall. Morale-building letters went out yesterday to the families of the men called to active duty as a result of the Berlin crisis. “We are taking other steps to convince the Soviet bloc we mean business, and as we build our strength in these other ways it will become possible to release the reservists from active duty,” Mr. McNamara told the families. “But in the meantime, their country owes them a very great debt, and you who are sharing in the sacrifices they have made are equally entitled to the thanks of a grateful nation.”

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