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Memorandum for General Osborn
April 15, 1943 [Washington, D.C.]
The other day they brought to me the decision to commission Billy Rose as a Major. As a matter of fact the directive had already been issued. I gathered from the conversation that this was being done largely because of my interest in Rose. I directed that he be given the commission of Captain and not that of Major and I now understand that he has declined to accept that of Captain.
For your information my position is this: I have felt that with his talents he could do a great deal by himself in organizing profitable diversional entertainment in these isolated garrisons or along the front, and by handling the matter in this way we would not be involved in any restrictions as to tonnage or transportation. I was not thinking of the matter of rank. Now if he places rank as of such importance that he will not consider a commission below that of Major, I have no further interest in the matter.
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, Selected Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed memorandum.
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. 3, “The Right Man for the Job,” December 7, 1941-May 31, 1943 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991), p. 645.