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Memorandum for the President
February 6, 1944 [Washington, D.C.]
I appreciate very much the fact that you saw fit to issue the Executive Order regarding the Bronze Star.1
I thought you might be interested in a comparison that was brought to my attention yesterday by General McNair, with whom I was discussing the means to be taken to find urgently needed infantry replacements, of which we are seriously in need now and undoubtedly will be even more so when OVERLORD gets under way. McNair tells me that he finds that while only 11% of the army—air and ground—is composed of infantry soldiers, they are bearing 60% of the present losses in Italy.
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. See Marshall Memorandum for the President, February 3, 1944, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #4-225 [4: 261-63].
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. 266.