5-191 To General of the Army Dwight D. Eisenhower, August 10, 1945

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: August 10, 1945

Subject: World War II

To General of the Army Dwight D. Eisenhower and General Joseph T. McNarney

August 10, 1945 [Radio No. WAR-47209.] [Washington, D.C.]


Personal to Eisenhower and McNarney from Marshall.

When you are formally notified of the capitulation of Japan we want you immediately to reverse the priorities for movement of organizations and men to the U.S. In general terms first priority must go instanter to men for demobilization, second priority to low score men required as replacements for zone of interior installations in U.S. regarding which detailed instructions will be sent you. We cannot at this time give you a final critical score but in the interest of prompt return of the greatest number of people you should return all with the score of 85 or over, and make plans to return those with a score of 75 or over if necessary to fill available shipping. My thought is that when Japan surrenders the return of personnel from your theaters for discharge will have priority over all but MacArthur’s most urgent requirements and we must all do everything within our power to release personnel just as rapidly as possible. Will you please give this your personal attention and keep me advised.1

Document Copy Text Source: Records of the War Department General and Special Staffs (RG 165), Records of the Operations Division (OPD), 370.0, Case 260, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.

Document Format: Typed radio message.

1. “While I find that all necessary orders have been issued,” Eisenhower replied on August 16, “I am placing a very good man on this job [Brigadier General George S. Eyster (U.S.M.A., 1917)] to follow it up personally. We will do our very best.” (Papers of DDE, 6: 260-61.)

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), p. 264.

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