5-112 To General of the Army Douglas MacArthur, May 4, 1945

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: May 4, 1945

Subject: World War II

To General of the Army Douglas MacArthur

May 4, 1945 Radio. Washington, D.C.

Top Secret


For MacArthur’s Eyes Only from Marshall.

After considering the messages concerning the progress being made in the reorganization in the Pacific, I believe that you personally should meet with Admiral Nimitz in the near future in a personal effort to resolve between yourselves the problems which have arisen rather than depending upon your respective staff officers. This seems particularly important since the JCS are considering the immediate issuance of a directive to execute OLYMPIC not later than 1 November.

Informal reports that come to me from various sources indicate so much of opposition and expression of strong feelings in staff meetings that situation should be gotten under firm control before great harm is done. I feel certain that you personally can handle the situation and avoid a breach that might well have tragic consequences.


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.


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. 164-165.

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