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To General of the Army Dwight D. Eisenhower
March 27, 1945 Radio No. W-59318. Washington, D.C.
From Marshall to Eisenhower for his eyes only.
Reports indicate the Fourth Armored Division is again carrying out a particularly brilliant operation, with the same dash and power it demonstrated in the drive to the Rhine and that to the south of the Moselle. Might it not be well to cite it now on the success of these three specific actions?
If a citation is believed by you, Bradley and Patton to be merited by this division, now appears to be the time. If there is any delay in acting there may well be a number of divisions spearheading advances all along the front and serious resentment would be engendered. An immediate citation would act as a spur to all.
If you have the same view this is your authority to act.1
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. “Bradley, Patton and I are all in full agreement with your suggestion for citing the Fourth Armored Division,” replied Eisenhower. “This will be done immediately and the citation will include the operation for the advance on Bastogne, the penetration to the Rhine, the attack across the Mosel and the later advances across the Rhine.” (Eisenhower to Marshall, Radio No. FWD-18258, March 28, 1945, DDEL/D. D. Eisenhower Papers [Pre-Presidential 1916-52, Principal File].) For previous information regarding unit citations, see Marshall to Eisenhower, March 16, 1945, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #5-064 [5: 89-90].
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. 102.