2-367 Memorandum, February 12, 1941

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: February 12, 1941


February 12, 1941 [Washington, D.C.]


Communications with General Grunert, Commanding Philippine Department, in connection with the President’s desires regarding the Japanese situation:

A radio was sent yesterday morning direct to General Grunert to give indications immediately of genuine activity in pressing for a doubling of strength of his Scout forces—from 6,000 to 12,000, and notifying him that further Communication would probably follow regarding the retention of officers in the islands and the return of women and children to the United States.

Yesterday afternoon he was directed to delay the return—that is, extend the tours, of 60 of the 100 officers due to sail for home during the next two weeks. Also he was directed to return to the United States women and children, so far as accommodations would permit, of the families of officers who would normally return during the next six months. He was instructed to make no press release, but when these instructions leaked out, as they are bound to do immediately, and the press questioned him, to merely admit the facts.2

Shipment of munitions to England

A report was laid on your desk yesterday to the effect that the 50,000,000 rounds of ammunition and the 250,000 rifles had all been shipped, with Halifax as their destination.3

Caribbean Area

General Van Voorhis is on a tour of inspection by air, accompanied by General Andrews. He was in Puerto Rico yesterday and is in Jamaica today, and returns to Puerto Rico tomorrow. He stopped in Venezuela. The complete details to govern the administration of his increased command have not yet been determined, but he has actually been placed in command.

Most confidentially, I am considering the replacement of General Daley in command in Puerto Rico by General Collins, now in command of the Second Division at San Antonio, Texas.4

General Hodges, in command of the Fifth Corps at Alexandria, La. will be retired as result of his recent physical examination.5 General Brees, the Army Commander has assumed temporary command of the Corps. I am looking over the field to locate a suitable successor to General Hodges. This is complicated by reason of the fact that the President seems determined upon the relief of General Miles—at least I was so advised last night by General Watson. He previously had intimated to me indirectly that he would be willing to promote Miles to a Major Generalcy. The problem of finding a suitable place for him is involved in the reassortment of commanders.

General Lee, now here from London, will probably be the most suitable successor to General Miles, if the latter is relieved. General Scanlon, now in London, should be returned at least for a rest, if not for completion of tour. In the interim General Malony, now in London negotiating with regard to the leases for bases on British islands, would be very suitable in the role of Attach

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