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To General Douglas MacArthur
July 14, 1943 Radio No. 5717 [Washington, D.C.]
Is there any objection to releasing the fact that troops of the 37th and 43rd Divisions are engaged in the New Georgia operations and the names of division commanders? This would help us here in regard to the elimination and appointment of commanders of National Guard Divisions, and the delay of some National Guard Divisions in leaving the country.1
Document Copy Text Source: Records of the War Department General and Special Staffs (RG 165), Records of the Operations Division (OPD), Top Secret Message File CM-OUT-5515, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.
Document Format: Typed radio message.
1. Neither the Thirty-seventh Infantry Division (Ohio National Guard)—commanded since October 1940 by Major General Robert S. Beightler, a guardsman—nor the Forty-third Infantry Division (Maine, Vermont, Connecticut, and Rhode Island National Guard)—commanded since February 1942 by Major General John H. Hester (U.S.M.A., 1908)—had had combat experience prior to their assault landings in the New Georgia island group in late June and early July. The landings (Operation TOENAILS) were part of a drive against Rabaul (Operation CARTWHEEL), which was under MacArthur’s strategic command, although the two divisions were part of Admiral Halsey’s South Pacific Area forces. (John Miller, Jr., CARTWHEEL: The Reduction of Rabaul, a volume in the United States Army in World War II [Washington: GPO, 1959], pp. 19, 69-126.)
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), p. 63.