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Memorandum for General McNair
February 7, 1943 [Washington, D.C.]
Personal and Most Confidential. Secret
I would like you to consider a possible assignment for General Collins, now in Puerto Rico, in Continental United States. He is very restless in Puerto Rico and, being quite a determined character all his life and very frank in his reactions, I think he should be transferred. However, his habit of decided opinions is a detriment to higher command where more poise is required.
I don’t recall the situation in the coastal commands, as to sectors, etc., and as a matter of fact I am quite hazy now on the general Ground Force setup.
Please consider the matter of a possible place for him.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. McNair recommended that Major General James L. Collins, who had commanded the Puerto Rican Department since April 1941, be given command of a Replacement Training Center or the headquarters of a defense command. (McNair Memorandum for the Chief of Staff, February 8, 1943, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, Selected].) In April 1943 Collins was made War Department director of administration.
Recommended Citation: The Papers 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), pp. 536-537.