MR. SECRETARY, it is a pleasure to see all these fine young men from, I understand, every State and Territory in the Union. I have been interested in your organization for a long time. Back in 1943 or 1944, I made an inspection of Fort Bragg as chairman of the Senate committee who was looking after things. I went up with the airborne people and wanted to jump out, and I almost got arrested by the major general because he said he would be court-martialed if I jumped out, so I didn't get to jump. I still have that anticipation and I hope some day to do it.
It is a pleasure to me, as I said before, to see you young men who are so thoroughly and completely interested in the welfare of the Nation. I know you will go back and put in everything you have so that if it ever becomes necessary for us to face a complete emergency you will be ready to make your contribution just the same as the rest of us will have to make ours.
I hope you have an enjoyable visit here. I understand that your principal interest up here is to see how the Congress works. Now, if you can find that out--and I served 10 years with the Congress--you will be a great bunch of young men.