4-595 To Ben Hibbs, November 27, 1944

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: November 27, 1944

Subject: World War II

To Ben Hibbs

November 27, 1944 [Washington, D.C.]

My dear Mr. Hibbs:

I received the five Philippine guerrilla articles and gave two of them a very careful reading—scanned the rest.1 Then I had the Public Relations Bureau go into the matter very carefully, General Surles himself taking the lead.2

I am sorry to tell you that it does not appear possible to arrange for their release prior to the occupation of Mindanao. I had hoped that by making certain changes—as suggested in part by you—it would be possible to publish an article with sufficient interest, at the same time without doing damage to us in the Philippines. I am now convinced that this is not possible, and I am therefore sorry to inform you accordingly.

If you care to and will provide me with the copies, I will send them out to MacArthur, to see what he has to say in the matter.3

Faithfully yours,

P.S. I am returning the MS. herewith.

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

Document Format: Typed letter.

1. Marshall had lunch with John McA. Palmer and Hibbs and his associate editor at the Saturday Evening Post, Forrest Davis, on November 16 in connection with the article Palmer had written about the postwar army. (See note 4, Marshall to Wallace, September 20, 1944, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #4-516 [4: 595].)

2. Marshall sent the manuscripts of the five articles—”The Philippines Never Surrendered,” by Edward M. Kuder and edited by Pete Martin—to the Bureau of Public Relations, which returned them to the magazine suggesting that they “be resubmitted if, and when, Mindanao was liberated.” Marshall again requested a review, which resulted in the same recommendation and the observation that “General MacArthur has not released anything on guerrilla activities except that they do exist.” (Marshall Memorandum for the Director, Bureau of Public Relations, November 21, 1944; Surles Memorandum for the Chief of Staff, November 23, 1944; and Pasco Memorandum for the Chief of Staff, November 25, 1944, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, Selected].)

3. Marshall wrote to MacArthur enclosing the manuscripts and asking that his staff review them to “see if there is any possibility of making them acceptable for publication without killing most of the interest.” MacArthur returned the articles saying that he had no objection to their publication. (Marshall to MacArthur, November 30, 1944, NA/RG 165 [OCS, 000.76], and Marshall to Hibbs, December 27, 1944, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, Selected].) The articles appeared in the magazine in the five weeks between February 10 and March 10, 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. 4, “Aggressive and Determined Leadership,” June 1, 1943-December 31, 1944 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996), p. 678.

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