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Draft of Proposed Press Release
August 23, 1945 [Washington, D.C.]
An article in a Washington paper this morning indicated that the protests of some 3,000 men in the 29th Division in the European theater had resulted in their being given an earlier date for return to the United States. Such a report, if not based on fact, is merely an encouragement to hundreds of thousands of other soldiers to follow the same procedure which clearly would have a very serious effect on the morale and good order of the army. The actual facts in the case are indicated in the following message dispatched by the Chief of Staff to General Eisenhower and General McNarney on 10 August:1
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, General Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed draft.
1. At this point Marshall quoted his entire message. See Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #5-191 [5: 264]. The memo printed here was released to the press at 11:30 A.M. with additional comments by the Bureau of Public Relations regarding the return of high-point soldiers and MacArthur’s need for manpower. (Memorandum for the Press, August 23, 1945, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, General].)
Recommended Citation: ThePapers of George Catlett Marshall, ed.Larry I. Bland and Sharon Ritenour Stevens(Lexington, Va.: The George C. Marshall Foundation, 1981- ). Electronic version based on The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, vol. 5, “The Finest Soldier,” January 1, 1945-January 7, 1947 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003), p. 287.