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Memorandum for General Somervell,
December 10, 1942 [Washington, D.C.]
Subject: Burma operation.
I had Mr. Lewis Douglas come to the office to see me yesterday afternoon to talk over the possibilities of shipping to meet Stilwell’s requirements.1 Late last evening Mr. Douglas telephoned me that the following boats would be available for troop shipments, about 1200 men each:
One on January 1st
One on January 7th
Two on January 11th
One on January 15th
He stated that these would carry a total of 25,000 measured tons of cargo, that they were of the type that when completed could carry 4,000 troops but under these circumstances would be provided with temporary fittings permitting them to take 1200 each.
Mr. Douglas further stated that the Navy had requisitioned for three of these boats “bare bone”, I believe that is the term, which they wish to use as refrigerator ships in the Pacific, that his office was opposed to this because they thought that refrigeration was now available though not as satisfactory as these boats would be, and that later on other boats would be available for the purpose.
I should like General Somervell to get in touch with Mr. Douglas and follow through on this matter so that we can notify Stilwell at the earliest possible moment as to what he may expect.
[P.S.] Douglas saw me again this a.m. to confirm. King on phone said to hell with refrigerator ships and was willing to take So. Pacific cuts.
G. C. M.
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, Selected Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed memorandum signed.
1. See Marshall Memorandum for the Joint U.S. Chiefs of Staff, December 7, 1942, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #3-443 [3: 475-77].
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. 479-480.