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To General Dwight D. Eisenhower
July 17, 1944 Radio No. WAR-66163 Washington, D.C.
Personal for Eisenhower from Marshall.
In rotating War Department General Staff personnel I am willing to release Major General Ray E. Porter, G-3 of the War Department for Divisional Command only. He had highly successful operational experience in Tunisia.1
Also I am willing to release Major General Miller G White, at present G-1 of the War Department, for a high personnel assignment. Possibly you might desire his services as G-1 of the American Army Group as I noticed your first G-1 was Beach Commander on Utah.
In both of the foregoing cases I am merely trying to give the men an opportunity for service in an active theater. There is no implied obligation on your part whatsoever to request their services.2
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-66163, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.
Document Format: Typed radio message.
1. Marshall also sent this information regarding Porter to the commanding generals of the United States forces in North Africa and the Central Pacific Area and to the Army Air Forces Headquarters Advance Command Post in Italy. (NA/RG 165 [OPD, TS Message File (CM-OUT-66164)].) Porter had served as deputy commander of the Eastern Assault Force during the landing in Algiers in November 1942, and he served in the Tunisian campaign as deputy commander of the Second Corps and deputy chief of staff Allied Forces in charge of Eisenhower’s advanced command post.
2. Porter remained in the War Department until December 1944, when he moved to the European Theater of Operations. In mid-January 1945 he briefly commanded the newly arrived Fifteenth Army and then became commanding general of the Seventy-fifth Infantry Division in the Rhineland. White—who had been assistant chief of staff, G-1, since September 1942—arrived in Caserta, Italy, in August 1944 to become G-1 of the North African Theater of Operations.
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. 525.