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Memorandum for Brigadier H. Redman, British Secretary, Combined Chiefs of Staff
October 5, 1943 [Washington, D.C.]
General Marshall requests that the following messages be transmitted through British channels:
“For Admiral Cunningham from General Marshall
“My congratulations to you and sympathy to Eisenhower.1 What the Mediterranean loses the world theater gains. Again I would repeat our feeling here that you have rendered a service of incalculable value during the past year in the strong moral as well as tactical support you have given Eisenhower, for which I personally am profoundly grateful.”
“For Admiral Pound from General Marshall
“I read this morning with deep emotion the statement of your retirement as First Sea Lord. During the past two years you have been to me a strong, steady light against a very dark horizon. Your integrity of purpose and your generous attitude through all of the difficult negotiations of the past months have given you a high place in my regard and esteem. I shall cherish our personal association and never forget the great service you have rendered our joint cause.”2
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. On October 3, Prime Minister Churchill had asked Sir Andrew Cunningham, Allied naval commander in the Mediterranean, to become First Sea Lord; this was announced publicly on October 5. (A Sailor’s Odyssey: The Autobiography of Admiral of the Fleet Viscount Cunningham of Hyndhope [New York: E. P. Dutton and Company, 1951], pp. 573-74.)
2. Sir Dudley Pound had been head of the Royal Navy since May 1939. His health had deteriorated seriously following the August conference in Quebec, and he was in a London hospital. He died on October 21, Trafalgar Day. (New York Times, October 22, 1943, p. 17.)
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. 142-143.