Election 1944: Plan to keep men in service denied (9-13-44)

The Pittsburgh Press (September 13, 1944)


Plan to keep men in service denied

Washington (UP) –
An administration spokesman and an official of the Selective Service System today denied charges by Thomas E. Dewey that the administration planned to keep men in the armed services after the war until they could find jobs.

House Democratic Leader John W. McCormack (D-MA) said the Republican presidential candidate’s charges were “ridiculous and untrue” and were made for “political advantage.”

Col. Francis B. Keesling of Selective Service told a House Military Affairs subcommittee yesterday that there is no intention of keeping men in the Armed Forces longer than military necessity requires. He added the hope that Selective Service could be kept out of politics.