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Memorandum for General McNarney
June 15, 1943 [Washington, D.C.]
Subject: Distinguished Service Medals and Legions of Merit.
I am prepared to approve the attached with the following reservation:1
I don’t want the awards made to men who are still in the War Department or in this country. For those who are overseas in active theaters the awards are OK for being passed out gradually as proposed in this paper.
I wish you would charge yourself with a general supervision of this matter of awards in order that we shall not develop a situation where the men in the field will feel that favoritism to the staff officers at headquarters exists.
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. McNarney had sent the chief of staff a list of persons to be awarded decorations.
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), p. 14.