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To General Malin Craig
January 31, 1944 [Washington, D.C.]
Subject: Personnel Board.
It appears desirable, in view of the availability of General Officers recently on duty with troops, to institute gradual changes in the personnel of the Personnel Board.
Several officers of the grade of Major General who have recently retired or are about to retire are now available for this duty. It is the view of the War Department that it is desirable to have the benefit of the views of these men on the Board, who have been recently on duty with troops, as well as to give them some opportunity for continuation of active service.
It is therefore desired that you submit your recommendation for the order in which members of your Board should be returned to inactive duty, with the understanding that your name is not to be considered. It is the desire of the Secretary of War to continue you in the chairmanship of the Board.1
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, Selected Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed memorandum.
1. General Craig submitted the following names in the order in which he recommended they be returned to inactive duty: Major General Charles D. Herron, Major General William E. Cole (U.S.M.A., 1898), Major General John H. Hughes (U.S.M.A., 1897), Major General Walter L. Reed, Lieutenant General Ben Lear, and Major General Walter S. Grant. (Craig to Marshall, February 1, 1944, NA/RG 165 [OCS, 210.311 (1-31-44)].) Herron was relieved from his assignment on the Personnel Board in April 1944, and Cole was relieved in the summer of 1944. Lear served with the Personnel Board until July 1944, when he became commanding general of the Army Ground Forces. Hughes served on the board until February 1945; Reed continued on active duty until June 1946; and Grant served until May 1946.
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. 258-259.