5-184 To Colonel Cassius Poust, August 7, 1945

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: August 7, 1945

Subject: World War II

To Colonel Cassius Poust1

August 7, 1945 [Washington, D.C.]

Dear Col. Poust:

I have your letter of 23 July concerning the relief from active duty of Lieutenant Colonel George A. Wiltrakis of the Medical Corps and understand your desire to have him return to his duties with the Illinois Department of Public Welfare.2

The War Department has established a procedure whereby officers may be relieved from active duty to accept civilian employment when their relief for this employment is in the national interest. I have, therefore, directed that a copy of your letter be referred to Colonel Wiltrakis for initiation of the necessary request for relief from active duty if he so desires. The request, when submitted, will be carefully considered and if it is determined that the officer can render more valuable service to the nation in a civilian capacity, his relief from active duty will be authorized.

I am sorry that I cannot be of more immediate assistance to you, but I believe you can readily understand why it is impossible for me to direct Colonel Wiltrakis’ release from here. An impossible situation would be created if I were to intervene for personal reasons in matters of this sort concerning an individual when the responsiblity has been specifically delegated to other authorities.

With best wishes for your success as director of the Illinois Department of Public Welfare.

Faithfully yours,

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. Poust had commanded the Illinois National Guard’s 129th Infantry when Marshall was senior instructor in Chicago (1933-36). He recently had become director of the Illinois Department of Public Welfare.

2. Dr. Wiltrakis, one of Illinois’s top physicians and medical administrators, had been on active duty since early 1941. Poust desired that he become director of the medical and surgical services in the twelve state hospitals. (Poust to Marshall, July 23, 1945, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, General].)

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. 257-258.

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