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To Lieutenant General Albert C. Wedemeyer
August 22, 1945 Radio. Washington, D.C.
From Marshall to Wedemeyer.
General MacArthur radios me “I would be delighted to have General Wainwright and General Percival at signing of capitulation etc.”1 You have probably received a message from him concerning the matter. I informed the British mission here in regard to General Percival and they had no information regarding General Percival.2 Please endeavor to get General Wainwright, and General Percival if he shows up, to Manila in time to accompany the party to Tokyo.3
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. This was MacArthur’s answer to a message Marshall wrote for Stimson’s signature; see Marshall to McCloy, August 20, 1945, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #5-212 [5: 283].
2. Lieutenant General Arthur E. Percival, commander of British forces in Singapore at the time of their surrender to Japan (February 15, 1942), had been a prisoner in Manchuria with Wainwright.
3. Wainwright was flown to China’s wartime capital at Chungking, location of Wedemeyer’s China Theater headquarters, then to Manila (arrived August 30), and to Yokohama (August 31) for the September 2 Japanese surrender ceremony, which Percival also attended. For further developments, see Marshall to Wainwright, August 28, 1945, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #5-222 [5: 290].
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. 285.