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To General of the Army Dwight D. Eisenhower
May 10, 1945 Radio. Washington, D.C.
Personal for Eisenhower from Marshall.
We have been making a rough survey of the possibilities regarding receptions for distinguished officers returning from Europe. Your suggestion as to various cities is an excellent one to which we subscribe.1
We did not have in mind companies or battalions returning but rather a group of, say, a half dozen company officers and 25 or 30 men, all of whom should be available for demobilization on the completion of reception procedure here. Possibly a slightly larger group might be desirable, but in line with your suggestion these men should come from that section of the country where the principal reception is to be given.
Also we feel that the senior officer should have some connection with the section of the country selected in the same manner.
Colonel McCarthy now is sending a message to you requesting that General Young of the Third Division, who knows my methods, be returned to the U.S. on a temporary status to work on this thing from this side, but to familiarize himself with your point of view and the conditions on your side of the Atlantic.2 I hope this does not embarrass other arrangements of yours for Young if there happen to be any.
At the moment the following has been suggested, which I have not at all accepted as satisfactory. I merely pass it on to you.
Atlanta, Georgia: Hodges, Vandenberg, Patch.
Chicago: Clark, Truscott, Cannon.
Washington: Bradley, Devers, Spaatz.
San Francisco: Doolittle, who will be arriving there from the Pacific, with probably somebody else sent out from this side.
San Antonio: Simpson, Brereton.
Washington, New York, West Point, Kansas City, Abilene repeat Abilene: Eisenhower, Smith (though we might excuse Smith from Abilene and West Point).3
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 Marshall to Eisenhower, May 7, 1945, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #5-115 [5: 170].
2. Brigadier General Robert N. Young had served as assistant to the secretary and then secretary of the War Department General Staff from June 1942 to March 1943.
3. For further information on the receptions in the United States for senior commanders, see Papers of DDE, 6: 22, 60-61.
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. 177-178.