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To General Dwight D. Eisenhower
August 15, 1944 Radio No. WAR-80880 Washington, D.C.
Personal for Eisenhower from Marshall.
Notify Patton that Senate Military Affairs Committee today unanimously approved nomination of General Patton for permanent rank of Major General and sent it to the Senate. Further, there are already press reports of typical statements by “some General” guessed to be Patton. Tell him from me direct not to smirch a magnificent job by any comments of any kind whatsoever. Also keep out of camera lens as much as possible.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-80880, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.
Document Format: Typed radio message.
1. Eisenhower replied: “I am glad that committee has approved Patton and I cannot believe he has made any statement whatsoever in view of my orders to him. However, I will repeat these orders including your message and will use censorship also.” (Eisenhower to Marshall, August 16, 1944, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, Selected].) Concerning Patton’s previous troubles over statements to the press and the consequent delay in his promotion, see Marshall to Eisenhower, April 26, 1944, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #4-372 [4: 437-38].
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), pp. 546-547.