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Draft Press Release
[November 3, 1944] [Washington, D.C.]
General Stilwell arrived in Washington late this afternoon by air. After a brief conference with War Department officials he will take advantage of a short leave of absence. General Stilwell stated that he had no public statement to make and therefore would prefer not to be interviewed by Press or Radio.
General Surles: I am in doubt as to “would prefer” in last sentence. Would it not be better to say “and therefore would not give any interviews to representatives of Press or Radio”?1
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, Selected Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Handwritten draft.
1. Accepting Marshall’s alternative wording for the final version, Surles issued the press release over his own name. Secretary Stimson recorded: “At present we are trying to keep him [Stilwell] out of reach of all newspaper men and not give them an opportunity to catch and distort any unwary word just before Election.” (November 3, 1944, Yale/H. L. Stimson Papers [Diary, 49: 4].)
Stilwell arrived in Washington, D.C., on November 3 and was met by his wife. For her reactions on Stilwell’s return and what she considered his cold reception, see Stilwell Papers, pp. 351-54. Her belief that this occurred on November 2 is incorrect. After a meeting with Marshall that lasted more than an hour, and a night at Fort Myer, Virginia, they departed for their home in Carmel, California. In January 1945, Stilwell was appointed commanding general, Army Ground Forces.
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. 4, “Aggressive and Determined Leadership,” June 1, 1943-December 31, 1944 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996), p. 652.