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To Lieutenant Colonel H. Merrill Pasco from Colonel Frank McCarthy
October 7, 1944 Radio No. QX-30278 Verdun, France
Tell please next of kin of following that Chief has seen them and found them well and doing good jobs:
Major Generals Leven Allen and Gaffey;
Brigadier Generals Sibert, Moses, Kibley [Kibler], Gay, O. P. Wyl [Weyland] and H E Earnest.1
Following is from Marshall for McNarney:
“Patton and Bradley say that the most unsatisfactory feature of the replacement system relates to use of inexperienced junior officers with veteran units. Please have the staff look quickly into the proposition of allowing each company of infantry, and each appropriate unit of other combat arms, in all active theaters an overstrength of one 2nd or 1st Lieutenant for purposes of combat and troop leadership experience. This would provide opportunity for utilization of our domestic officer surpluses in certain arms and also for more battlefield commissions. To avoid the heavy requirements of the foregoing procedure if applied to all combat units, it probably will prove best to make authorizations on a company basis for infantry units but to reduce considerably the authorization for artillery, engineer and similar units. At this moment Bradley states that losses in arms other than infantry are exceedingly small. The important thing in this matter is not to have it under study for three months”.
This message is sent you from General Bradley’s headquarters. Tomorrow we plan to visit Montgomery and Devers, spending night with latter. Please continue to address me in care of Trimble and keep families informed that all is well.2
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. These men were Leven C. Allen, Twelfth Army Group chief of staff; Hugh J. Gaffey, Third Army chief of staff; Edwin L. Sibert, Twelfth Army Group assistant chief of staff, G-2; Raymond G. Moses, Twelfth Army Group assistant chief of staff, G-4; A. Franklin Kibler, Twelfth Army Group asistant chief of staff, G-3; Otto P. Weyland, commanding general Nineteenth Tactical Air Command; Hobart R. Gay, Third Army assistant chief of staff, G-4; and Herbert L. Earnest, formerly commander of Task Force A in Brittany but at S.H.A.E.F. headquarters since the end of the siege of Brest on September 19.
2. Colonel Ford Trimble (U.S.M.A., 1920) was secretary of the S.H.A.E.F. General Staff.
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. 622-624.