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Memorandum for Admiral King
September 23, 1944 [Washington, D.C.]
Please have the following passed on to Admiral Halsey:
“The operations of you and your command since August 30th have been magnificent. Your aggressive leadership and the dashing performance of your fliers set the pace for an early and overwhelming victory in the Pacific. Signed Marshall.”1
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. In 1945 Marshall wrote: “Toward the end of August Admiral Halsey’s Third Fleet began a probing operation in the western Carolines and the Philippines. His carrier planes struck at Yap and the Palau Islands on 7 and 8 September, and the next two days bombed Mindanao. On the morning of the 12th, Admiral Halsey struck the central Philippines and arrived at a conclusion which stepped up the schedule by months. . . . He recommended that three projected intermediate operations against Yap, Mindanao, and Talaud and Sangihe Islands to the southward be canceled and that our forces attack Leyte in the central Philippines as soon as possible. . . . General MacArthur’s views were requested and 2 days later [September 15] he advised us that he was already prepared to shift his plans to land on Leyte 20 October, instead of 20 December as previously intended.” On the evening of September 15, at the Quebec Conference, the Joint Chiefs of Staff issued instructions to execute the Leyte operation on October 20. (Biennial Report of the Chief of Staff of the United States Army, July 1, 1943, to June 30, 1945, to the Secretary of War [Washington: GPO, 1945], p. 71.)
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), pp. 602-603.