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To General Joseph W. Stilwell
October 18, 1944 Radio Washington, D.C.
For Stilwell’s eyes only from Marshall.
In all probability a message will go forward from President to Generalissimo shortly acquiescing in your relief from duty with Chinese. You will be ordered home. I will get special message to you in advance of President’s message so that you will not receive such news from Chinese sources.1 This flash is to prepare you for what now appears to be inevitable. Make no comment to anyone of this matter until President’s decision is finally determined.
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, Selected Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed radio message.
1. The special message, drafted in the Operations Division, gave a precis of the October 18 message from Roosevelt to Chiang discussed in note 3, Draft of Message from the President to the Generalissimo, October 16, 1944, p. 628. It also directed Stilwell “to proceed to India at once; thence to return to Washington D.C. and report to the Chief of Staff without delay.” (Marshall [OPD] to Stilwell, Radio, October 18, 1944, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, Selected].) Concerning Stilwell’s arrival in Washington, see the Draft Press Release, November 3, 1944, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #3-567 [4: 652].
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. 631.