44.03.18 General Harmon; 93rd Division In Action

Author:  Marshall, George C.
Date: March 18, 1944

To: Lt. Gen. M. F. Harmon

In the use of the Ninety Third Division or its elements the first time in action [comma] the Secretary of War and I both feel that it not repeat not be committed prior to adequate preparation on the part of the unit or units involved [stop] [paren]For Harmon’s eye’s only from Marshall [paren] The first reports of its conduct in action undoubtedly will be headlined in this country [stop] It is therefore important that news releases and reports from the theater on the conduct of these troops be strictly factual [stop] The War Department has been under constant pressure for alleged failure to utilize negro soldiers in a combat capacity [stop] We are very desirous of employing them as soon as practicable and they should have a careful test to determine their battle dependability [stop] [para] In order that the Secretary of War can be kept fully informed on this question it is desired that you submit a report on the conduct of the troops of this division soon after their initial entry into battle and thereafter from time to time should there be anything in their conduct under fire that warrants comment.

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44.03.18 General Harmon; 93rd Division In Action


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