2-591 Memorandum for General Gerow, November 5, 1941

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: November 5, 1941

Memorandum for General Gerow

November 5, 1941 [Washington, D.C.]

Last night shortly after my return to the Department, Stanley Hornbeck telephoned me.1

He expressed appreciation of my “lucid picture” of the situation; he shared my estimate of the recent messages from Magruder; he felt that the picture these messages conveyed had caused the State Department more worry than there was actual need for.

He then got down to the real purpose of his telephone message, stating that the State Department had only received copies of Magruder’s messages because of their contacts with Lauchlin Currie; that the Department received copies of the messages from the Naval Attaché; that he did not know whether we intended to cut them off from any knowledge of what our Mission developed or not; that he hopes that copies of the messages might be sent direct to the State Department.

The embarrassing point here quite evidently is that the Naval Attaché messages do go to the Department and the Mission messages do not.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. Stanley K. Hornbeck, an expert on the Far East and the State Department’s adviser on political relations for that area since 1937, had been present at the November 4 meeting between Marshall, Stark, and Hull concerning the Pacific crisis. (See note 1, Memorandum for the Record by Colonel Charles w. Bundy, November 1,1941, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #2-587 [2: 658–60].)


  1. G-2 was instructed to send to the State Department those portions of the military mission’s dispatches the army thought might interest them. (Marshall to Hornbeck, November 13, 1941, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, Selected].)


Recommended Citation:  The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, ed. Larry I. Bland, Sharon Ritenour Stevens, and Clarence E. Wunderlin, Jr.  (Lexington, Va.:  The George C. Marshall Foundation, 1981– ).  Electronic version based on The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, vol. 2, “We Cannot Delay,” July 1, 1939-December 6, 1941  (Baltimore and London:  The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1986), pp. 664–665.




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