4-009 Memorandum for General Strong, June 14, 1943

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: June 14, 1943

Subject: World War II

Memorandum for General Strong1

June 14, 1943 [Washington, D.C.]


I have read your memorandum of June 14th regarding “Control of Dangerous Publicity” in the matter of atomic energy. It seems to me the procedure you propose is rather dangerous—too much of detail and too many people involved.

I suggest that you personally speak to Mr. Elmer Davis and Mr. Byron Price, requesting them to suppress any publicity or investigations regarding atomic matters. I shall undertake to reach Senator Truman and have him instruct his counsel to drop any investigation of the Pasco plant.2

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 V. Strong was assistant chief of staff for intelligence (G-2).

2. Davis was director of the Office of War Information and Price was director of the Office of Censorship. In early 1943 the army and E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company had agreed to acquire 670 square miles along the Columbia River in south-central Washington near the town of Pasco, to construct the Hanford Engineer Works, which was to produce plutonium for the atomic bomb project. Problems arose during the spring over land acquisition and compensation to local farmers, who were protesting to their representatives in Washington, D.C., and to the Senate Special Investigating Committee headed by Harry S. Truman. (Vincent C. Jones, Manhattan: The Army and the Atomic Bomb, a volume in the United States Army in World War II [Washington: GPO, 1985], pp. 110-11, 334-37.)

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), pp. 11-12.

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