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Memorandum for the Secretary of War
November 17, 1942 Washington, D.C.
Mr. McCloy just told me of the magnificent job you did last night in connection with Darlan, Willkie and the Free French complications. He spoke particularly of the President’s reaction to what you had done.
I am attaching a summary of the radio broadcast bearing on the subject together with a memorandum from Public Relations relative to the matter and in relation to the Press interview I had Sunday noon.1 They, Press Relations, knew nothing of what you had done to temper the storm of the Willkie attack.
G. C. Marshall
Document Copy Text Source: Records of the War Department General and Special Staffs (RG 165), Records of the Office of the Chief of Staff (OCS), 381 Africa, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.
Document Format: Typed memorandum signed.
1. The memorandum described the support various newspaper and radio reporters had given to the War Department’s position. (Colonel Stanley J. Grogan Memorandum for General Marshall, November 17, 1942, NA/RG 165 [OCS, 381 Africa].) Grogan, who was acting director of the Bureau of Public Relations, also wrote a number of letters for the chief of staff’s signature praising certain reporters and commentators for their attitudes and assistance. (Ibid.)
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. 440-441.