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Fdr

Rich, your correspondent is technically accurate, but FDR was, after all, an effective Assistant Secretary of the Navy from 1913-20. What’s more, if I remember correctly, he asked on a number of occasions after the outbreak of World War I to be allowed to go on active service, but was told both by the President and the Secretary of the Navy that they needed him to stay where he was. So he did.

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