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Memorandum for Admiral King
February 14, 1943 [Washington, D.C.]
I have been thinking over your memorandum of February 11th regarding decorations and Admiral Leahy’s memorandum to you of February 12th, on the same subject, both of which are returned herewith.1
I am inclined to think that if the President formally enters into the question of this decoration for General MacArthur on the basis of “opening up the question of exchange of decorations with the Governments of our Allies,” the fact of this will eventually get back to Australia and if he should disapprove such a decoration, it will be made out over there as depreciating the Southwest Pacific Theatre and as antagonism to General MacArthur. It therefore would appear to me that no comment on the subject would be the better line of action, however that can be managed.
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, Selected Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed memorandum.
1. The editors have not located these documents.
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. 3, “The Right Man for the Job,” December 7, 1941-May 31, 1943 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991), p. 550.