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Former Defense Secretary Robert McNamara pauses while answering written questions from the audience after a speech to the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations on Monday evening, April 24, 1995.
In a November 23, 1963 file photo, President Lyndon B. Johnson confers with Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara.
In a July 8, 1961 file photo, President John Kennedy, right, walks with Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara towards a pier to board the Kennedy family cruiser on at Hyannis Port, Mass.
In a Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2001 file photo, Robert McNamara, right, defense secretary under Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, makes a point as Peter Almond, center, co-producer of the film "Thirteen Days," looks on
In a Thursday, Dec. 10, 1962 file photo, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert McNamara, left, inspects Vietnamese civil guards saluting during a visit to training operations at Song Mao, Vietnam.
Journalists at a news conference in the Pentagon Oct. 23, 1962, listen as Defense Secretary Robert S. McNamara, left, orders all Navy and Marine Corps enlistments and duty tours be extended for up to one year to support the arms blockade of Cuba.

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Robert McNamara, the U.S. Secretary of Defense during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, gestures as he relates an anecdote about President Kennedy and Vice President Johnson.
Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara, left, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Maxwell Taylor, center, confer with President Kennedy January 25, 1963 in the White House Cabinet Room in Washington, DC.