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Memorandum for General Somervell
April 12, 1943 [Washington, D.C.]
Personal and Confidential
Grunert saw me this morning. He feels very badly over this new appointment in connection with mobilization, not because of any idea of the unimportance of the job, but for the reason that so far as public opinion among his friends will go he seemingly has been demoted.
Grunert has had some very hard knocks and has taken them all in a most soldierly fashion; his being superseded in the Philippines by MacArthur and his return to the States; his relief from an Army Corps because of age; his withdrawal from a Corps Area command and its independence because we felt his services were more important here—which he appreciates, and now, so far as his friends can see, he is dropped out of a high level position into something else which he cannot even talk about.
I told him that we had discussed this phase of the matter and that his selection had been entirely due to the fact that the previous names suggested did not measure up and were therefore not acceptable to me, and that not until his name was proposed did I acquiesce in the choice for the job. I told him to talk very frankly, because I felt that he had had a hard time, in most instances not at all through his own fault, and that in this particular instance there was no question of your action in the matter but rather of what would happen to his reputation in view of the secrecy attached to the job and its uncertain future.
I told him to think it over this evening and to telephone me in the morning what his own personal desires were. Then I shall talk it over with you. Meanwhile I hope you can so arrange matters that his replacement is not effected in the present job.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. Major General George Grunert was deputy chief of staff for Service Commands at Army Service Forces. The Project Planning Division to study demobilization planning was formed in Grunert’s office. For related information, see Marshall Memorandum for General John McA. Palmer, April 4, 1943, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #3-593 [3: 633-34].
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), pp. 640-641.