5-159 Memorandum for the Bureau of Public Relations, June 10, 1945

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: June 10, 1945

Subject: World War II

Memorandum for the Bureau of Public Relations

June 10, 1945 [Washington, D.C.]

Subject: Changes in Careers of Secretariat of the General Staff.

As one of the press releases leading up to General Eisenhower’s arrival I would like a resume of the changes in the Secretariat of the General Staff since I became Chief of Staff and the distinguished careers the various individuals have made. It might be well to lead off with some such paragraph as the following:

“General Eisenhower’s Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General W. Bedell Smith, who has been his intimate right hand, as it were, throughout the operations in the Mediterranean and Europe, as a former Assistant Secretary and Secretary of the General Staff suggests an interesting comment on the conspicuous careers of the men who have also held these same positions for General Marshall during the course of the war.

“The positions of Secretary and Assistant Secretaries of the General Staff have always been held as very important, as they process and usually interpret to the Chief all the studies and recommendations of the General Staff. When General Marshall took office, Lt. Colonel Orlando Ward was Secretary of the General Staff. He was wounded in Africa as Commander of the 1st Armored Division and commanded the 20th Armored Division in the final phase of the fighting leading up to the capture of Munich and the Bavarian Alps. He had as Assistant Secretary Major J. Lawton Collins, the Lieutenant General and Corps Commander who landed on the Utah Beach, captured Cherbourg, won the Battle of Mons, took Aachen and drove through Cologne and the Remagen Bridgehead up to the Elbe. He also commanded a division on Guadalcanal and in the New Georgia operation.

“Another Assistant Secretary was Major Edward H. Brooks, Jr. [Sr.] etc., etc.”1


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. The senior Brooks (Norwich, 1916), a major general since August 1942, had been chief of the Statistics Branch of the General Staff between September 1939 and September 1941 (with the rank of major until promoted to lieutenant colonel in August 1940). He later commanded the Eleventh Armored Division, the Second Armored Division, and Sixth Corps. His son (U.S.M.A., January 1943), a B-17 pilot, had been promoted to major effective May 25, 1945, but had never served on the General Staff.

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. 5, “The Finest Soldier,” January 1, 1945-January 7, 1947 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003), p. 219.


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