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To Admiral of the Fleet William F. Halsey
December 14, 1945 Washington, D.C.
I have been so occupied the past week with congressional hearings and China matters that it was not until yesterday that it registered on me, by something in the press, that you had received your promotion to five-star rank.1 Please accept my apology for my long delay in tendering my congratulations, which are most sincere and in enthusiastic accord with the action.
As I have indicated to you in my congratulatory messages in the past, at the time of your great naval victories, and as I have commented in public statements, your services as a great fighting leader have been outstanding in this war and will be similarly outstanding in history. I have always admired the way in which you do things, your bearing, your courage and your skill. Please accept the foregoing as evidence of the sincerity of my congratulations.
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, General Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. Halsey had taken the oath as Admiral of the Fleet on December 11, 1945.
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), pp. 392-393.