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To Colonel Marshall S. Carter
January 5, 1947 Radio No. GOLD 1907. [Nanking, China]
Secret, Eyes Only
Reference your WAR-889931 my decision is to leave here Wednesday AM the eighth local calendar stopping over for rest in Honolulu. Request following White House announcement be made 24 hours earlier: “The President has directed General Marshall to return to Washington to report in person on situation in China. He will probably leave Nanking tomorrow morning.” In case there is a leak from out here, which is quite possible, make the announcement immediately correcting time element accordingly. I decided that the general effect out here would be better, first to have the shock of my immediate departure with its various implications, to be followed a few days later by the added shock of the January 10 announcement.
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.
1. See note 3 of the previous document (Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #5-612 [5: 768-69]).
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. 5, “The Finest Soldier,” January 1, 1945-January 7, 1947 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003), p. 769.