4-474 To Admiral William D. Leahy, August 5, 1944

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: August 5, 1944

Subject: World War II

To Admiral William D. Leahy

August 5, 1944 Radio [Washington, D.C.]


Since no reply to the President’s last message has been received from the Generalissimo it appears that he is waiting for the President to propose the third party discussed in the previous messages. In the meantime the situation in China continues to deteriorate. I do not think we can afford to allow such a critical matter to drift and there follows a proposal from me for a message from the President to the Generalissimo. Incidentally, Mr. Stimson is aware of this suggestion and highly approves.

“With further reference to our discussions regarding General Stilwell and your desire for the designation of a personal representative from me:

“I feel that the critical situation in your theater requires immediate action so far as Stilwell is concerned, otherwise it will be too late.

“I have this proposal now to make: that General Patrick J. Hurley, former Secretary of War, former Minister to New Zealand, and recent Special Representative of mine in the Middle East, be designated by me as my personal representative with you. General Hurley has had broad diplomatic, political and business experience. He is a well known and respected figure in public life in this country. He served actively in the First World War and knows our Army. He should be of great service in adjusting relations between you and General Stilwell. He met you in Chungking and appears highly qualified for this most important duty.”1

Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, Selected Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.

Document Format: Typed radio message.

1. President Roosevelt accepted Marshall’s draft but added a concluding paragraph: “I would like to associate with him Honorable Donald M. Nelson who for two years has been the chairman of our War Production Board and was before the war the head of Sears-Roebuck and Company. He has done a splendid piece of work and I can spare him only because the production problem is going so well. He would, I think, supplement the work of General Hurley in the non-military field and should be able to be of real assistance to you.” Chiang accepted this proposal on August 12. (Roosevelt to Chiang, August 9, 1944, and Chiang to Roosevelt, August 12, 1944, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, Selected].) See Marshall’s August 18 draft instructions to Hurley for the president’s signature Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #4-483 [4: 554]. See also Marshall to Stilwell, August 31, 1944, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #4-492 [4: 563-66].

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), pp. 545-546.

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