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To General Dwight D. Eisenhower
August 16, 1944 Radio No. WAR-81638 Washington, D.C.
For Eisenhower’s eyes only from Marshall.
Reference your S-56678 regarding Major Generalcy for Bradley in Permanent Army.1 I agree with you and more too as to Bradley’s ability, recent performance and future potential, but in view of many factors complicating such nominations I am not yet ready to propose his. I plan to do so but a different timing is indicated. You are free to tell Bradley of what you recommended and what I eventually intend to do.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-81638, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.
Document Format: Typed radio message.
1. Eisenhower had asked Marshall to consider promoting Omar Bradley to major general in the Regular Army; he was a temporary lieutenant general in the wartime Army of the United States. (Papers of DDE, 4: 2053.)
2. Bradley was promoted effective September 8, 1944. His base salary thus went from $6,000 plus $500 service pay to $8,000 plus $666.67 (i.e., the same as Marshall’s and Eisenhower’s).
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. 548.