3-383 Memorandum for General Surles, October 28, 1942

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: October 28, 1942

Subject: World War II

Memorandum for General Surles

October 28, 1942 Washington, D.C.


I would like you to think over the following and give me your view as to issuing it:

“With relation to the criticisms appearing in the Press of the Naval decision to launch an operation in the Solomons last August, the Chief of Staff of the Army, General Marshall, when questioned in the matter stated that the decision to launch the Solomons operation was made by the Joint U.S. Chiefs of Staff in accordance with agreed upon plans and was not a purely Naval decision.”1

G. C. M.

Document Copy Text Source: Records of the War Department General and Special Staffs (RG 165), Records of the Office of the Chief of Staff (OCS), 381 Solomon Islands, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.

Document Format: Typed memorandum signed.

1. On this subject, Secretary Stimson observed in his diary: “Under the impact of the setbacks and defeats and losses in the southwestern Pacific of the Navy, criticism of the Navy is growing to an extent which is unfair and dangerous. While they have brought it on themselves, it cannot be allowed to go on without damaging the united war effort. Now it seems that the Patterson newspapers which are the Fifth Column of this war are stirring up a beautiful story of how MacArthur has been kept out of the supreme command of these operations down in the southwestern Pacific in order to squash his Presidential aspirations and that the President has joined in this by dividing the jurisdiction so that the Navy would have the command in regard to the Solomon action.” (October 29, 1942, Yale/H. L. Stimson Papers [Diary, 40: 182].)

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. 412-413.

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