Title: James Alward Van Fleet collection
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Title: James Alward Van Fleet collection
Physical Description: Archival
Language: English
Copyright Date: 1946
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Bibliographic ID: UF00096226
Volume ID: VID00025
Source Institution: University of Florida
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Allen Skag.s, Editor

Distributions Sun, Gator

GAINESVI LE, Nov, General James A. Van Fleet said before a Florida Blue

Key Banquet audience Friday night, "To hell with those countries (Far East)

who don't have the will to withstand Communist a:-Tre -sion on th6ir own.

The famed former United Nations rommander in Korea also predicted

less eccnonic aid in the future to -'r-"rice, ritain, Israel and ypt because

they i nored the United States' wishes in beginning.: a shooting war in the

Suez crisis.

General Van Fleet had earlier furnished newsmen coverin- the Homecoming

activities with a prepared speech, obviously written before the Israeli

invasion of Egypt, and about half-way tirc.:. h the prepare-. speech 'e ,an an

"off the cuff" address.

he was applauded several times durin-; the course of his ad ress,

particularly when he predicted a policy of more isolation by the United States.

The -atnquet is an annual highlight of Ho! ecomin; weekend and was the

second time the General has been selected as the Blue Key Speaker. Toast-

master for the occasion was Speaker of the House Desi.-nate, Doyle Conner,

BDrodford County.

Prior to Van Fleet's address, the atherin;, consisting of some 500

state and national leaders, were greeted by University of Florida President

J. K'ryne Reitz. Dr. Reitz announced the :ift of the Milton and Ethel Davis

Carrillon Bellsby A.D. and J.E. Davis, in honor of their parents. The bells

were dedicated at the Century Tower Saturday morning.


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Governor LeRoy Collins in other 'rief remarks told the audience that as

"great as the universityy of Florida is, it is not as greatt as its ci'allen,eo."

re explained that the -.tate of Plorid* bans a restt c' allen -e n.d that it must

be met. iie told alumni "to understand this challenge" nnd that. if there

was snyway I can help, Dr, Reits, let me know."

VRn Fleet t-rmed Trance and .ritain*s attitude in i norin United Ststes*

requests not to start a shootin- war in .'"r-7t "the worst r.n.-' :qoanort thin.T

I ever saw*" He said, "We have spert billions of dollars of the taxpayers'

money assistin them econorlicE4lly. and they coi;pletely disregard our president,"

He predicted that t}hey "will pay for it in the Ionm' run in the loss of

U.S. s:,mathy and econo;.ic aid. "TIe timeo of our onerousus giving to those

people is cc'nin to an end," he declared.

He said, "We hope that our solution to the Far Eaats .pr'oblm lies in

the United iati:ns, We must make it clear to Britain, Fr'nce, Israel and

Ejypt that they cannot st-rt a unr,"

lie dre.'o. cheers from the audience '-,cn he said, "I am corviTced that the

nationalists of ar Lastern Countries should withstand corn unist a sessionn

on their cwn.,** If th.ey haven't the '.ll to do it themselves, I s':r to hell

with them,"

"The most al-surd thin I see in n- trips to the Fnr e-ast s8 "rnerican

A.rmy: men train'tn these reoples," he roeltod, lic ex7Ilaind that ":.'hen we

leave, t;-.cy will revert to do'n.- it i'eir own way", and 'hat t"ecy can train

their own troops nore economically than the U.S. can send troops halfway around

the world to do the job.

General Ven Fleet said "I hope that if war should streak out in the Far

East, the ground forces of the evontries in that area will be already deployed

and our forces will not be sent over." He indicated that the U.S. will


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merely lend material and logistical aid fnd that "our forces will protect the

home front**

Be declared that "We must support our .reat president in strong policies

in afflra.-tive policies; we must pcreerverc in our progar of 'uil'"in.. up

our own military, economic ond coral power; we must build stron.- allies

thrcu1,7h the '.-'reed World; and as reapfl:r as circumstances rnit, we must

consolidate our rr.ouind forces in at o, late areas in ,'r !1 e r.rikin- units

to be ernralc;,ed in conjunctic-n with c .-r cflenslve sea anr' air p-ower,

The ret 3il f.i.ur-atar general, an vi' su'p-:orter of President Eisenhower

for re-election, deleted several sections of his prepared text referringu to

the current polItical carn. ain

He is a f-.."mer professor of ,.ilAts'ry science nnd tactic at the

Unlv-rslt.. of PVirids and. a ro- ner '.end football coach. 'ttributed much

of his succos.- as an Army vco.ander t., the -.xperience 3airned-) h -re in 1921-24

as football coaehand professor,

A graduate of the Sunmmrlin Institute of Bartow before attending. the

U.S. Hilitrry ,trdeimy, ,General Van Fleet was Iconored by the university in

1946 withi a "Van Pleet Da:,;" durin,-: wiAtch he received an honorary 1octrr of

laws dQeree.

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