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To Brigadier General Henry A. Byroade
March 8, 1946 Radio No. GOLD 291. [Chungking, China]
Prior to my departure at Hankow I intended to again take up with you the question of taking better care of the members of your headquarters serving in the field. However, I finally decided not to harass you further at that time. I feel strongly about this and desire that you immediately designate an officer or preferably a good non-commissioned officer whose duty it is to see that these people receive constant attention. This is mandatory if we are to hope for successful operations and continued high morale. You know how I feel about elaborate planning and long delays. I want action along simple lines so that every plane carries something, not merely The Stars and Stripes.
Another subject: In connection with the foregoing reference to “every plane” I was not favorably impressed by the fact that the staff officer in charge of teams had not himself made any trips into the field prior to my inspection.
Document Copy Text Source: Records of the Department of State (RG 59), Lot Files, Marshall Mission, Military Affairs, GOLD Messages, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.
Document Format: Typed radio message.
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), p. 495.