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Memorandum for the Assistant Chief of Staff, G-1 [White]
February 28, 1944 [Washington, D.C.]
I notice in the message (W-3719, February 26) from General Devers his adverse comments on the instructions regarding rotation of personnel. He states: “Present effect of established policy is that combat troops in action receiving recommendation must wait several months until recommendations are consolidated and approved by War Department and orders issued. In the interim, many who were recommended are killed in action, missing in action, and wounded.”
I am disturbed by this. I thought we had a clear understanding that orders were such that they could be executed without ever coming to Washington. I object to any procedure which is placed on such an ineffective basis. This is typical of the last war when our decorations were from three to four and six months in rear of events and the men were dead before they were recognized.
Let me have a quick reply on this and whatever the orders are make them simple and unmistakably understandable.
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, Selected Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed memorandum.
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), p. 318.