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To Dean G. Acheson
February 13, 1946 Chungking, China
My dear Acheson:
I am sending James R. Shepley home tomorrow because he has already exceeded the leave that Mr. Luce of “Time” gave him at my request, and I do not wish to prejudice his career.1 Also, he has developed a rather bad sinus and this is one of the worst places in the world for that affliction.2
Shepley has done a remarkably fine job out here, making a very important contribution to whatever success I have had. He has not only handled the press people astutely but more particularly he has participated in all the negotiations, lent me valuable assistance in drafting documents, and has carried out numerous preliminary negotiations with various principals to save me from committing myself too early in the procedure.
As the Government’s reward for his work has been the modest per diem of four dollars and even that was denied him the first ten days he assisted me in Washington, I wish him to have some official recognition of his services beyond that I might give him in a personal letter. Therefore, would you be good enough to propose to Mr. Byrnes that he give Shepley a letter of appreciation or commendation with some such paragraph as the following:
“I wish to thank you for the important personal contribution you made to the success of the mission General Marshall has been charged by the President in carrying out in China. It has been reported to the State Department that in the handling of the press in Chungking, in the preparation of material for the various negotiations and in the way of participation in those negotiations, you have been most helpful. The State Department wishes to acknowledge your services and to express regret that it has become necessary for you to return to your normal occupation. With my personal thanks.”
I will appreciate very much your kind offices.
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, China Mission, General Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. See Marshall to Hull, December 3, 1945, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #5-288 [5: 377].
2. Chungking, the commercial center of China’s Red Basin in Szechwan province, had a mild but cloudy and moist climate during the winter. A local saying about the winter asserted that “the dogs bark at the sun even as they do at strangers.” (George Babcock Cressey, China’s Geographic Foundations: A Survey of the Land and Its People [New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1934], p. 314.)
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. 452-453.