4-135 Memorandum for the President, October 14, 1943

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: October 14, 1943

Subject: World War II

Memorandum for the President

October 14, 1943 [Washington D.C.]

Personal and Most Confidential

As you are aware strong pressure and much publicity are being devoted to an attack on the War Department towards both reducing the number of officers on duty in Washington and sending those in the younger age group to duty with troops or overseas. The War Department has adopted a policy under the direction of General McNarney of relieving from duty in the District, so far as is possible without injury to our war program, officers under 35 years of age.

One of your Aides, the officer in charge of the Map Room, Lt. Col. Chester Hammond, comes within this policy as he is 33 years of age. Furthermore, he has had very little duty with troops. Under the circumstances, if we can provide a suitable replacement, I would suggest that you release him from his present duty in order that we can send him immediately to take a refresher course preparatory to troop assignment.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. Hammond (U.S.M.A., 1932) had been a military aide at the White House since July 1938; he remained in that position until August 1944 when he resigned from the army and joined the executive staff of Pan American World Airways.

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. 157.

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