Robert McNamara: His Life and Legacy

In March 16, 1961, JFK sits in his favorite rocking chair in his office during a meeting with Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara and Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson, right, at the White House.

In March 16, 1961, JFK sits in his favorite rocking chair in his office during a meeting with Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara and Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson, right, at the White House.

Robert S. McNamara served as the eighth United States Secretary of Defense from 1961 to 1968 and was the architect of the ill-fated escalation of American forces during the Vietnam War. McNamara later admitted tearfully that America's pursuit of the Vietnam War had been 'terribly wrong.' He died July 6th, 2009, at the age of 93.

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