With the American Legion
"Marching orders" for the coming year issued at the recent National Convention of the American Legion assure a continuation of that organization s
strong anti-Communist position. Interviewed on Reporters' Roundup, the
newly-elected National Commander of the American Legion, The Honorable
W. C. (Dan) Daniel, pledges full support to the convention's mandates.
The Honorable W. C. (Dan)
Daniel, newly-elected National
Commander of the American
Legion, interviewed by a panel of veteran newsmen on a recent Reporters'
Roundup program, reiterated the dedication of liis administration to the
elimination of subversive elements
which are attempting to destroy
America's freedom, a dedication
voiced in his acceptance speech.
Commander Daniel is an executive
of the Dan River Textile Mills in his
home town of Danville, Virginia. Having held numerous Legion posts on
local, state, ancl national levels, Mr.
Daniel xvas in 1952 chosen National
Vice-Commander of the American
Legion. Having been a member of this
organization for twelve years, Mr.
Daniel has been mentioned at the past
three national conventions as a nominee for National Commander.
During the interview epiestions
were fired at Mr. Daniel by a panel
of reporters made it]) eif Mr. L. Edgar
Prina. Washington Evening Star, ancl
Mr. Jim Lucas, Scripps-Howard news-
papers, under the moderation of Mr.
Robert F. Hurleigh, director of Washington operations of the Mutual
"Can you tell us, Commander Daniel," asked Mr. Prina, "just what you
propose doing about the elimination
of subversion mentioned in your acceptance speech?"
"It's no secret, of course, that our
government ancl other institutions
have been infiltrated from time to
time by subversive elements," Mr.
Daniel replied. "The present line of
the Communist Party, of course, is
peaceful competitive coexistence. This
line, of course, is being put forth by
the Communists in an effort to lull
the American people into a sense nl
false security, and it would be our
purpose to go after those elements,
wherever they appear, with every
medium at our command."
"Well, for instance-, taking the recent Supreme Court decision, which
in effect limited the government's
employee-security program to sensitive jobs," inquired Mr. Prina, "do you
think that that decision weakened Ot
Strengthened our internal security?
Mr. Daniel's opinion was that tlus
decision had unquestionably weakened the national security. The
Legion, he felt, would first ask what
constitutes a "sensitive" job.
"So far as we are concerned,' "e
explained, "all government jobs are
"Mr. Daniel, I think the Legion DBS
called for a congressional investigation of the Fund for the Republic,
hasn't it?" asked Mr. Lucas. "What d<>
you feel could be accomplished W
such an investigation?"
"Well, Mr. Lucas, we look upon t,u'
Fund for the Republic as an anti-anti"
Communist organization," replied M-''
Daniel. "We've never accused U*
Fund for the Republic of being *|
Communist organization, or even °
being dominated by Communists. ""
xve- elo feel that they are an anti-ant**-
Communist organization. In otlH
words, it seems that their purpose •
to be against those who are again"
Facts Forum News, December, 195"