UP Dining Car Menu for California Delegates to 1948 Convention

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UP Dining Car Menu for California Delegates to 1948 Convention
Posted by Miningman on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 9:31 AM

Well we all know that politics is awful but it made for an interesting menu on the California delegation's train to the 1948 Democratic national convention (to nominate Harry Truman). Among the passengers, California Governor Gavin Newsom's grandfather William Newsom, former Gov. Jerry Brown's father Edmund G. Brown, who defeated Nixon in 1962 (and lost to Ronald Reagan in 1966), and Helen G. Douglas, who Nixon defeated for senator in 1948.

 http://railroadarchives.org/content/menu-1948-democratic-convention

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 9:48 AM

Thanks Mike and Miningman!

I looked at the list of delegates and saw a familiar name, James Roosevelt.

As Captain James Roosevelt USMC during WW2 he had to pull strings to GET into combat!  He was a member of a Marine Raider battalion and was set to go on the Makin Island raid, but the higher-ups in the Corps didn't want to take the risk of the president's son being killed and pulled him from the mission.

Jimmy got on the phone to Dad, who got on the phone to General Holcomb, the Marine Commandant, and said "If it's too dangerous for my son to go then it's too dangerous for anyone's son to go!"

Jimmy went!

That menu looks great!  And no vegan stuff, those were REAL Democrats back then!

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Posted by Deggesty on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 10:55 AM

Another President Roosevelt son, Theodore (son of Teddy Roosevelt) was in the army, and, as a brigadier general, commanded troops in the invasion of Normandy. He died, of a heart attack, in the same month of the incvasion. His father wold have been proud of him.

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 3:02 PM

Absolutely Johnny!

BrigGen Roosevelt had had a heart attack earlier in the year and wasn't supposed to go on the invasion, but he went anyway.

Maybe not from an enemy bullet, but he died at the head of his troops.

George Patton, who was one of the general officers attending at Teddy Jr.'s funeral, called him "The bravest man I ever knew."  High praise indeed.

Here's some raw Signal Corps footage of General Roosevelt's funeral, look closely and in addition to Patton Generals Omar Bradley and Courtney Hodges are there, plus others I can't identify.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OaPAeMD03lw  

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Posted by Miningman on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 10:48 PM

This just in from Mike!

"Jimmy got on the phone to Dad, who got on the phone to General Holcomb, the Marine Commandant"

 

 

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Thursday, February 14, 2019 9:41 AM

Thanks Mike!  And thanks Vince for passing it on!

That color shot of Tom Holcomb and FDR is amazing, looks like it was taken yesterday!

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Posted by tarheeltracks on Friday, February 22, 2019 1:19 PM

I noticed Will Rodgers son, Will Jr. was on the list of delegates. He was found dead near his car at age 81, it was reported to be self inflicted.

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Friday, February 22, 2019 3:40 PM

tarheeltracks

I noticed Will Rodgers son, Will Jr. was on the list of delegates. He was found dead near his car at age 81, it was reported to be self inflicted.

 

True, a self-inflicted gunshot to the head.  Will Jr. had been in poor health, suffering several strokes, heart issues, and two hip replacements.  I suppose he'd had enough.  Poor man.

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Posted by tarheeltracks on Friday, February 22, 2019 5:42 PM

Flintlock76
True, a self-inflicted gunshot to the head.  Will Jr. had been in poor health, suffering several strokes, heart issues, and two hip replacements.  I suppose he'd had enough.  Poor man.

I did not know that he had so many health problems. Very sad ending for him.

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