An officer in the U.S. Naval reserve was attending a conference of officers from the U.S. navy and the French navy. At a cocktail reception, he found himself in a small group that included personnel from both navies.
A French admiral started complaining that whereas Europeans learned many languages, Americans learned only English. He then asked: \’Why is it that we have to speak English at these conferences rather than speak French?\’ Without hesitating, an American admiral replied: \’Maybe it\’s because the Brits,
Canadians, Aussies and Americans arranged it so you wouldn\’t have to speak German.\’
In 1966, upon being told that Charles de Gaulle had taken France out of NATO and that all U.S. troops must be evacuated from French soil, President Lyndon Johnson told Secretary of State Dean Rusk: \’Ask him about the cemeteries, Dean!\’
So, at end of the meeting, Dean asked de Gaulle if his order to remove all U.S. troops from French soil also included the 60,000 plus soldiers buried in France from World War I and World War II. De Gaulle never answered.