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To General Douglas MacArthur
February 15, 1943 Radio No. 1171 Washington, D.C.
For eyes of MacArthur only from Marshall.
Navy message 130445 dated January 13, 1943 from CINCPAC to COMSOWESPACFOR and others stated that the Secretary of Navy and party including Nimitz and McCain would depart from Hawaii for Brisbane on January 14 with certain stops en route and would spend 2 nights at Brisbane.1 Indirectly I gather that the visit to Brisbane was cancelled primarily due to receiving no word of acknowledgment from you. I also gather indirectly that a message was received from you pointing out that no useful purpose might be served by such a conference. Neither the War nor Navy departments have been able to locate any such message from you nor have I had any indication that you were aware of the plans of the Secretary of the Navy. When I endeavored to institute an inquiry of CINCPAC as to any message to him from you I understand that the Secretary of the Navy stated that he wished the matter dropped. Therefore no inquiry was made. Please give me any information you may have on this in order that we may properly clarify the matter.
Document Copy Text Source: Records of the War Department General and Special Staffs (RG 165), Records of the Operations Division (OPD), Executive File 10, Item 23b, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.
Document Format: Typed radio message.
1. Admiral Chester W. Nimitz was commander in chief, Pacific Fleet (CINCPAC). COMSOWESPACFOR stood for commander, Southwest Pacific Area Forces (i.e., MacArthur). Rear Admiral John S. McCain (U.S.N.A., 1906) was chief of the Bureau of Aeronautics.
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. 3, “The Right Man for the Job,” December 7, 1941-May 31, 1943 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991), pp. 551-552.