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To General Mark W. Clark
September 18, 1945 Radio. Washington, D.C.
Personal for Clark from Marshall.
The Army Navy Joint Staff College, after completion of the current course in the near future, will be involved in the establishment of the college on an entirely different basis from that which has pertained during the war. Our view is that the college should be organized on a higher War College level.1
General De Witt is being relieved as Commandant by Vice Admiral Hill of the Navy. This is in compliance with the policy as to retired officers and as to alternation of the position of Commandant. The Deputy Commandant will be an Army officer. It is a key position in which should be placed an officer of keen mentality, organizing ability and school experience. General Gruenther has been highly recommended for this position by both General De Witt and General Devers. It would be a marked advantage to the post war Army and particularly to our post war educational system if Gruenther could be made available. He should be here by 1 November.2 Please consider this matter carefully and let me have your views.
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. See note 7, Marshall to Eisenhower, September 7, 1945, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #5-226 [5: 297].
2. Major General Alfred M. Gruenther (U.S.M.A., 1919) was deputy commander of U.S. Forces, Austria. He was a graduate of the Command and General Staff School and the Army War College and had taught at the U.S. Military Academy for eight years between 1927 and 1938. He served as deputy commandant of the National War College between December 1, 1945, and August 21, 1947.
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), pp. 302-303.