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To General Joseph W. Stilwell
January 13, 1945 Radio. Washington, D.C.
Re yours of January 10th, delay has been due to my hope for better things.1 However, Lear has left for ETO on permanent assignment and I temporarily in name only have taken over his job. If you so desire and wire me you will immediately be called East for this job.2
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. “Your flag-pole sitter has now broken all local records. The bench-warmer has worn out the seat of his pants,” Stilwell wrote from Carmel, California. “Rest has changed to restlessness, and time marches on. In other words, I am anxious to leave the ranks of the unemployed.” (Stilwell to Marshall, January 10, 1945, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, Selected].)
2. On January 18 General Stilwell received orders to report to the War Department to succeed Lieutenant General Ben Lear as commander of the Army Ground Forces. (H. M. Pasco to Commanding General Presidio of Monterey, California, January 18, 1945, ibid.)
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. 5, “The Finest Soldier,” January 1, 1945-January 7, 1947 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003), p. 29.