4-249 Memorandum for Assistant Chief of Staff, G-1, February 14, 1944

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: February 14, 1944

Subject: World War II

Memorandum for Assistant Chief of Staff, G-1 [White]

February 14, 1944 [Washington, D.C.]

Colonel McCornack of the Medical Corps is about to be retired. He is suffering considerable physical disablement.

McCornack was one of the outstanding men of the Medical Corps in relationship to the army at large and to General Staff work and planning. He lost an opportunity for advancement by being made surgeon of a field army at the outset of that organization in 1939. As you will remember, the President would not promote to General grade members of the staff of Armies, excepting the Chief of Staff. Because of his General Staff ability he was then put on straight General Staff work as Deputy Chief of Staff, I believe of the 4th Army. Again in a position which denied him promotion. In brief, I wish his name put on the next list with the following statement:

“This officer is about to retire. Through the accident of assignments, due entirely to his conspicuous efficiency, as a General Staff officer (unique in an officer of the Medical Corps) and as an instructor for the Army War College, he was denied the opportunity for advancement. It is earnestly desired that he be permitted to retire as a Brigadier General (temporary).”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. Colonel Condon C. McCornack was promoted to brigadier general effective February 20, 1944. Brigadier General McCornack retired on May 31, and he died on November 5, 1944, at Letterman General Hospital in San Francisco.

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. 296-297.

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