2-009 To Joseph P. Kennedy, July 13, 1939

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: July 13, 1939

To Joseph P. Kennedy1

July 13, 1939 [Washington, D.C.]

Dear Joe:

Replying to your letter of July 3d, I have had orders issued for Colonel Scanlon to remain available to you in his present status until January 1st, 1940.2

I am exceedingly sorry that you did not find Colonel Chynoweth personally acceptable. His relations with the British authorities seem to be cordial, and his reports to the War Department have been valuable. Naturally the War Department wishes to avoid injuring or humiliating an officer of Chynoweth’s fine reputation and record in the Army by summarily relieving him from his present assignment. Furthermore, he has been put to considerable personal expense in preparing himself and his family for the detail.3

On the other hand, it is essential that you have an attach_ with whom you can work in complete harmony. Therefore, I have given directions that another officer with the necessary military intelligence and general staff qualifications be selected who would be acceptable to you personally. In the meantime, I would appreciate your treating this phase of the matter as confidential, while allowing us a few months in which to rearrange matters.4

With warm personal regards,

Faithfully yours,

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. Marshall drafted this letter for Secretary Woodring’s signature. Kennedy, an investment banker and shipping industry executive, held positions on the Securities Exchange Commission and the Maritime Commission until his appointment as ambassador to the United Kingdom in 1937.

2. No copy of Kennedy’s July 3 letter to Woodring is in the Marshall papers. Colonel Martin F. Scanlon, an Air Corps pilot who had been assistant military attach_, had been designated as Ambassador Kennedy’s personal aide.

3. Lieutenant Colonel Bradford G. Chynoweth (U.S.M.A., 1912) was military attach_ in London between March and October 1939. Chynoweth’s account of his experiences is in Bellamy Park (Hicksville, N.Y.: Exposition Press, 1975), pp. 150-67.

4. Brigadier General Sherman Miles (U.S.M.A., 1905) was designated as military attach_ and arrived in London in October. He was described to Ambassador Kennedy as “a dignified, well poised, quiet and agreeable man, who should be highly satisfactory in such a spot. Also he has a broad comprehension of military affairs. He has an attractive wife and they are accustomed to the ways of foreign capitals.” (Woodring to Kennedy, July 21, 1939, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, General].)

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), pp. 9-10.

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