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Memorandum for the President
March 16, 1943 [Washington, D.C.]
Subject: Promotion of General Arnold.
I consider that the time has come to advance General Arnold to the grade of full General.
The Air Forces now have a strength of 1,300,000. In addition General Arnold’s responsibilities include the Ferry Command all over the world and an intimate relationship with the air fighting forces in the various theaters. In this respect his position differs from that of General McNair whose command is confined to training units in continental United States and does not include the Coast Defense commands of General Drum and General De Witt.
Furthermore, he sits as a member of the United States Chiefs of Staff.
I therefore submit for your consideration a nomination for the promotion of General Arnold.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. Henry H. Arnold was promoted to the rank of full general on March 19, 1943.
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. 589-590.