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1945: Forrestal addresses midshipmen

June 03, 2005

On June 6, 1945, the U.S. Naval Academy graduation speaker was Secretary of Defense James V. Forrestal. The nation was recovering from President Roosevelt's recent death, and President Truman was faced with picking up the pieces of the post-World War II world. The three-year fast-track academy class of 1945 had 1,047 graduates, the most in its 100-year history.

Forrestal praised the Navy as "the finest in the world," newly proven and victorious in wartime and critical to future peace. He called for the United States to be a leader in keeping world peace and founding an international organization dedicated to that goal.

"We must constantly remind ourselves that there is no hope of peace unless the nations desiring a world built upon law, not upon force, are willing to fight for that choice," Forrestal told an audience of 4,000 people.

Source: The Sun , June 7, 1945

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