An Act To promote the national security by providing for a Secretary of Defense; for a National Military Establishment; for a Department of the Army, a Department of the Navy, and a Department of the Air Force; and for the coordination of the activities of the National Military Establishment with other departments and agencies of the Government concerned with the national security

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The Secretary of the Army is authorized to furnish to the National Museum, for exhibition, such articles of arms, materiel, equipment, or clothing as have been issued from time to time to the United States Army and which are objects of general interest or of foreign or curious research. Section 205 (a) of this act changed the name of the Department of War to the Department of the Army and the title of the Secretary of War was changed to the Secretary of the Army. Section 205 (a) of the Act of July 26, 1947, was repealed by section 53 of the Act of Aug. 10, 1956, c. 1041, 70A Stat. 641.


  • National Security Act of 1947
  • United States. Secretary of the Army
  • United States. Secretary of War
  • United States. Dept. of the Army
  • United States. Dept of War
  • United States National Museum


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  • 61 Stat. 495
  • Title 20, Education
  • Public Law

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Statutes at Large


This Act may be cited as the National Security Act of 1947 and amends the Act of Mar. 4, 1921, 41 Stat. 1438

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61 Stat. 495 (1947); ch. 343 (Book)

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  • 1948
  • 07/26/1947


  • Military paraphernalia
  • Exhibitions


Public Law

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Number of pages: 16; Page Numbers: 495-510

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