5-142 Memorandum for General Somervell, May 22, 1945

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: May 22, 1945

Subject: World War II

Memorandum for General Somervell

(or his Deputy)

May 22, 1945 [Washington, D.C.]

Attached is a draft of a letter General Somervell proposed that I send to Mr. Smith of the Budget, with certain exhibits.1 I did not choose to use this for two reasons—I think Mr. Smith would be quite certain that the presentation was more or less purely General Somervell’s rather than mine, because of the detailed form in which the matter is stated. Also, being single-spaced I could not do much in amending it to my taste.

Therefore, I dictated a new draft which is also attached and which I wish you would look over and see if there is anything that I have said that might be misleading or do harm and if there is anything I have not said that you feel it is imperative that I should mention.2 What I am trying to do is introduce the personal note of my direct concern in this matter rather than the elaborate statement that would normally come from me as Chief of Staff, therefore the style of the letter.


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. Somervell’s lengthy letter to Harold D. Smith, director of the Bureau of the Budget, is in NA/RG 165 (OCS, 600.3).

2. Somervell returned Marshall’s redraft (see the following document, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #5-143 [5: 197-99]) with the note: “I think your draft is OK without modification. B. S.”

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. 5, “The Finest Soldier,” January 1, 1945-January 7, 1947 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003), pp. 196-197.


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