4-351 Memorandum for the President, April 15, 1944

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: April 15, 1944

Subject: World War II

Memorandum for the President

April 15, 1944 [Washington, D.C.]

General Clark is in the United States in seclusion at White Sulphur Springs for a brief rest. To meet General Wilson’s instructions he must leave for Italy on or before Friday, April 21. Immediately upon his arrival, we rushed him down to White Sulphur and we have been successful thus far in concealing the fact that he is in the United States. It would be most unfortunate if the Germans should secure this information at present as it would be rather definite indication either of his relief or that no offensive operations now threatened.

Would you care to see him? If so, I suggest that he fly down to your place on Tuesday.1 We can fly him down from White Sulphur and return him there the same day. We have not seen him here in the War Department but are planning to spirit him into the Pentagon from the airfield Monday A.M. and send back that afternoon.2

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. Lieutenant General Mark W. Clark met with President Roosevelt, who was visiting at Bernard Baruch’s estate in South Carolina, on April 18. (Colonel Richard Park, Jr., Memorandum for Colonel Frank McCarthy, April 17, 1944, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, Selected]; Clark, Calculated Risk, p. 336.)

2. For further information on Clark’s visit to the United States, see Marshall to Clark, April 11, 1944, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #4-342 [4: 400-401].

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), pp. 409-410.

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