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Memorandum for the Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation
January 23, 1942 [Washington, D.C.]
My dear Mr. Hoover:
I have seen the President’s directive of January 6th, which places the responsibility for Special Intelligence Service covering the Western Hemisphere under your bureau.
This note is merely to tell you that I am greatly concerned over the evident Axis efforts to do us serious harm in the Latin-American field, particularly as this relates to the transit of our Air force to the Near and Far East, and to the security of the Panama Canal. General Lee tells me that you propose increasing your forces in the near future to provide added security to the Canal. I very much hope that you will arrange to have your agents keep Lieutenant General Frank Andrews directly informed of any matters of importance that may come to their attention. He is the Commander of the Army’s forces throughout the Caribbean region and his is the responsibility for the Panama Canal.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. J. Edgar Hoover believed that the F.B.I. had suffered from unjust criticism from the military and that the recently released Roberts Commission report had reflected negatively upon his bureau, consequently his reply to Marshall was, Sherman Miles noted, “entirely noncommittal and unappreciative of the military problem we have in view.” Miles believed that his relations with Hoover were sufficiently friendly to enable him to mollify the director. “I’m sure you understand how valuable the F.B.I. is to us, and how able a man Hoover is, in spite of his unfortunate prima donna characteristics,” Miles told Marshall. (Hoover to Marshall, January 26, 1942, and Miles Memorandum for the Chief of Staff, January 27, 1942, NA/RG 165 [OCS, 21135-1091.)
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. 80-81.