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Memorandum for the President
September 1, 1943 [Washington, D.C.]
At the Citadel at Quebec the last day of the Conference I mentioned to you the status of Admiral Leahy as your Chief of Staff. For a time he received merely the pay of a Rear Admiral but some recent decision has permitted him to receive the allowances of the Chief of Naval Operations. However, for the reasons which I outlined to you I think it is highly desirable to get into the statutes as soon as possible a formal authorization for the precedence, rank, and pay of your Chief of Staff. While Admiral Leahy is so serving he has the necessary precedence and rank but that situation depends on the individual rather than the office.
I am attaching a draft of a law which I suggest be checked with the Bureau of the Budget, and if acceptable to you, be submitted to Congress at an early date.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. Since early 1942, Marshall had encouraged President Roosevelt to create the post of chief of staff of all U.S. military services, but the president preferred that Admiral Leahy be his personal chief of staff with mainly liaison and advisory duties. (See Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #3-263 [3: 285], and #3-310 [3: 339].) The proposed bill, which was never introduced into Congress, stated that: “any officer . . . serving as Chief of Staff to the Commander-in-Chief of the United States Army and Navy, shall have the rank of General or Admiral, as most appropriate to his previous service, and shall take precedence in rank over all other officers of the Army, Navy and Marine Corps. He shall be entitled while so serving to receive pay and allowances, including the personal money allowance, at the same rate payable to the Chief of Naval Operations.” (Draft bill enclosed with the document printed here.)
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. 113.