Public Papers and Letters of Oliver Max Gardner: Governor of North Carolina, 1929-1933

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UNITY OF COMMAND

ADDRESS DELIVERED BEFORE THE THIRTEENTH ANNUAL CONVENTION OF THE NORTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF THE AMERICAN LEGION MOREHEAD CITY, N. C.

JULY 27, 1931

Mr. Commander, Members of the American Legion, Ladies and Gentlemen:

It is a genuine pleasure and personal honor to share this platform with these distinguished gentlemen, and to bring to the members of the American Legion greetings from the State. On behalf of our State I express to you the love, the devotion, and the honor that your own people feel for you. Through me your own folks express the pride that North Carolina has, not only in your service to home and the world in the Great War, but their pride in your achievements in bringing a fuller life to your State during the span of thirteen years of peace and work since November 11, 1918.

Who won the war? We know, don't we, that America won the war. What was happening to the allied armies before the doughboy took his place in the front line? But the Englishmen know just as certainly that Great Britain won the war. The Frenchman dismisses with his shrug the idea that anyone but the armies of the Poilu crushed the imperial German army. And Mussolini knows that Italy won the World War, and is determined that Italy will win whatever other wars there be.

We all won the war. But for myself, my vote goes to the unity of command which the allies, facing defeat and disintegration, finally and grudgingly forced themselves to accept. Was it not in the spring of 1918 when the Germans had broken through at three stra

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