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To Jess Krueger1
August 31, 1944 [Washington, D.C.]
Your letter of August tenth arrived during my absence from Washington. I can understand your desire to get into the field as soon as possible. However, I think that what you heard about new war correspondents being put through a probationary period is not really well founded.
It is impossible for a theater to take care of all the correspondents who wish to observe action. Therefore opportunities to visit the front are provided on the best basis of impartial treatment that the accommodations and other considerations permit. Whether or not you will be assigned immediately to an active area will somewhat depend on the representation that the Hearst newspapers already have in that area.
The public relations officers at General Eisenhower’s headquarters are all experienced newspaper men and I think are naturally sympathetic in providing proper orientation and briefing for the correspondents. Their assistance, together with your previous experience, should effectively overcome any unfamiliarity you may feel at first.
I am frank to tell you that I do not feel free to write a special note in your case, because of the large number of exactly similar requests that I have already been compelled to decline. This note is the best I can do under the circumstances.
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, General Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. Krueger was a reporter, columnist, and promotion editor for the Hearst newspaper chain; he worked for the Chicago American and knew Marshall in Chicago in the mid-1930s. He had served with the Thirty-third Division (Illinois National Guard) in World War I and again entered federal military service as an artillery officer when the division was federalized in March 1941. After being released because of his age, he returned to the Hearst organization. He had written to Marshall to say that the Hearst organization was soon going to send him to the European theater as a war correspondent. “I have been told that a new correspondent often has a hard time with staff officers before his ‘reputation’ is established, such as being greatly restricted from going into the field of operations.” He wanted Marshall to indicate to “the responsible officer in London or France” that he, Krueger, “already had considerable experience as a war correspondent” and was trustworthy. (Krueger to Marshall, August 10, 1944, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, General].)
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. 4, “Aggressive and Determined Leadership,” June 1, 1943-December 31, 1944 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996), pp. 562-563.