2-581 To Generals Drum, De Witt, Lear, and Krueger, October 21, 1941

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: October 21, 1941

To Generals Drum, De Witt, Lear, and Krueger

Memorandum for The Adjutant General

October 21, 1941 Radio [Washington, D.C.]


Please have the following radiogram sent in code to General Drum, General De Witt, General Lear and General Krueger:

“I hear rumor that a syndicated article is about to issue to the effect that three of four Army Commanders are to be relieved.1 This is merely to notify you that the foregoing is news to me.


Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, General Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.

Document Format: Typed radio message.

1. Marshall’s messages were transmitted between 9:13 and 10:03 P.M. The column—Drew Pearson and Robert S. Allen’s ”Washington Merry-Go-Round”—appeared on the morning of October 22. It said that Drum, De Witt, and Lear would be “replaced chiefly on the basis of their showing in the field maneuvers . . . by younger men with greater tactical ability.” (Washington Times-Herald. p. 8.)

Recommended Citation: ThePapers of George Catlett Marshall, ed.Larry I. Bland, Sharon Ritenour Stevens, and Clarence E. Wunderlin, Jr.(Lexington, Va.: The George C. Marshall Foundation, 1981- ). Electronic version based on The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, vol. 2, “We Cannot Delay,” July 1, 1939-December 6, 1941 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1986), p. 651.

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