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Memorandum for the President
May 2, 1945 [Washington, D.C.]
In conformance with your expressed desires, I notified General MacArthur yesterday of the situation as to high commissioner and special representative, and your plan for sending a special commission headed by Senator Tydings, directing him to radio me his reactions.1 He replies this morning “I am in full agreement with the plan proposed by President Truman”, that is, not to appoint either a high commissioner or a special representative but to send a special commission headed by Senator Tydings to represent you.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. See the previous document (Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #5-110 [5: 163-64]).
2. Truman appointed Senator Tydings head of a commission to proceed to Manila and report on conditions in the Philippines. (Truman, Year of Decisions, pp. 276-77; New York Times, May 24, 1945, p. 3, and June 8, 1945, p. 3.) For information regarding American military bases in the Philippines, see Memorandum for the Secretary of War, May 11, 1945, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #5-127 [5: 181-82].
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. 164.