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Memorandum for General Styer1
February 11, 1943 [Washington, D.C.]
Court Martial jurisdiction
I noticed a message yesterday to General Eisenhower that he did not have court martial jurisdiction in his theater. Why was not this arranged to be effective immediately on the organization of the theater? It is not reasonable to me to feel that he has not that authority and has to solicit it.2
I am not clear as to the responsibility for the training of Signal troops and I noticed this morning in General Eisenhower’s message that training of individuals and of organizations is quite unsatisfactory. If this is within SOS’s province let me have an explanation. If it is Ground Forces notify my office by telephone.
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 Wilhelm D. Styer (U.S.M.A., 1916), chief of staff of the Services of Supply, was acting commanding general while Lieutenant General Somervell was on an inspection trip in Asia.
2. On February 4 the North African Theater of Operations was formally separated from the European Theater in order to clarify Eisenhower’s position as commander of U.S. military forces. Eisenhower asked on February 9 for confirmation that he had authority to appoint General Courts Martial in the North African Theater. The War Department confirmed this on February 12. (In Log, February 10, 1943, p. 125; Out Log, February 12, 1943, p. 57, NA/RG 165 [OPD, Message Log].)
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. 542-543.