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Memorandum for Admiral King
June 29, 1942 [Washington, D.C.]
I have your memorandum of June 26th, with further reference to the question of command in the contemplated operation in the Southwest Pacific. We have had a frank interchange of views and we both are in agreement that the operation should be mounted and that its successful accomplishment must be the governing factor.
The implication in the last sentence of your memorandum “that this be done even if no support of Army forces in the Southwest Pacific is made available,” disturbs me greatly. Regardless of the final decision as to command, every available support must be given to this operation, or any operation against the enemy.
I have been trying to reach you on the telephone to arrange a personal conversation on this subject, and assume that we will be able to get together some time during the day.
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, Selected Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed memorandum.
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. 254.