1TLS. Measures approximately 7" x 9 1/2". Typed on the Letterhead, The Secretary of Defense. During World War II Forrestal became the Secretary of the Navy. In 1947, President Truman appointed him the first U.S. Secretary of Defense. As Truman reduced military spending by billions of dollars, Forrestal became in conflict with the Truman administration. In this letter he writes Ralph K. Davies, who was Deputy Petroleoum Administrator who had encouraged him (see carbon copy). He writes: "You know enough about organization, both in business and goverment, to realize there will be no miraculous results, but before I get out I hope to have the framework of an organization established." Of course, when Truman fired him, his depression became more pronounced and while at the Naval Medical Center he jumped from the 16th floor to his death. This letter is boldly signed, James Forrestal.