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To Brigadier General Frank E. Lowe
March 16, 1944 [Washington, D.C.]
It has just been brought to my attention that the recently created Separations Board has only one representative of the Reserve Corps on it, General Evans. Considering the fact that there are two National Guard officers on the Board I think it is important that there be another representative of the interests of the Reserve officers.1 He should be a general officer if possible, otherwise he will be the only colonel on the Board.
At the moment only two names occur to me, that of General Smith and your name. It would be most unfortunate to remove General Smith from the duties he is now performing here in the War Department; therefore, not being intimately familiar with just what you are doing now, I should like to know whether or not you would care for such a detail, provided, of course, you feel that there would be no embarrassment in replacing you with the Truman Committee.2
It is very important I think that whoever goes on this Separations Board should have an intimate knowledge of the Reserve officer movement through most of its course and that Reserve officers generally be aware of the fact that the individual possesses this knowledge.3
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. The Secretary of War’s Separations Board was composed of Major General William Bryden, Regular Army and president of the board; Major General Irving A. Fish, National Guard; Brigadier General Nathaniel H. Egleston, National Guard; Brigadier General Frank S. Clark, Regular Army; and Brigadier General Edward A. Evans, Reserve. Major General Charles D. Herron, who had recently retired from the Secretary of War’s Personnel Board, had written that the Bryden Board was overrepresented with Regulars and National Guard officers. (Herron to Marshall, March 15, 1944, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, Selected].)
2. Brigadier General Edward W. Smith had succeeded Brigadier General Frank E. Lowe in supervising Reserve activities in the War Department, when Lowe was assigned to the Truman Committee.
3. Lowe replied that he had brought Marshall’s letter to the attention of Senator Harry S. Truman, who had written the chief of staff a reply. (Lowe to Marshall, March 20, 1944, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, General].) See Marshall to Truman, March 23, 1944, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #4-315 [4: 368-69].
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. 350-351.