An Air Force (p. 387) objection was more pointed. General Edwards worried that the restrictions were becoming public knowledge and would probably cause adverse criticism of the Air Force. He wanted the State Department to negotiate with the countries concerned to lift the restrictions or at least to establish a clear-cut, defensible policy. Secretary Symington discussed the matter with Secretary of Defense Johnson, and Halaby, knowing Deputy Under Secretary of State Dean Rusk's particular interest in having men assigned without regard to race, agreed to take the matter up with Rusk.[15-29]
Memo, Dep CS/Pers for SecAF, 28 Dec 49;
Memo, Clarence H. Osthagen, Asst to SecAF, for Asst SecAF, 6 Jan 50;
Rcd of Telecon, Halaby with Zuckert, 10 Jan 50.
All in SecAF files.(Back)