5-297 To Lieutenant General Albert C. Wedemeyer et al., December 14, 1945

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: December 14, 1945

Subject: China

To Lieutenant General Albert C. Wedemeyer et al.1

December 14, 1945 [Radio No. WAR-88605.] [Washington, D.C.]


Personal from Marshall.

Plan to depart Washington 9:00 a.m. local time Saturday [December 15] on C-54 number 9149 en route to Chungking with party of five including Mr. Shepley who is a civilian attache of State Department, Colonel Byroade, Warrant Officer Hickey and two enlisted men.

Itinerary with all times local follows:

Hamilton Field Arrive 6:00 p.m. Saturday

[San Francisco]Depart 9:00 p.m. Saturday

HonoluluArrive 7:00 a.m. Sunday

Depart 9:00 p.m. Sunday

KwajaleinArrive 7:00 a.m. Tuesday

Depart 9:00 a.m. Tuesday

GuamArrive 3:00 p.m. Tuesday

Depart 7:00 a.m. Wednesday

ManilaArrive 3:00 p.m. Wednesday

Depart 7:00 a.m. Thursday

Chungking or ShanghaiArrive 1:00 p.m. Thursday

To Richardson:

I accept your M15162 Nov 30 for Sunday but would prefer to omit dinner party.

To Wedemeyer; you will note that I have not as yet made a decision on my first stop in China. It apppears from the viewpoint of protocol that I should proceed direct to Chungking upon entering China. However if you think it permissable for me to stop over at Shanghai before paying first respects to the Generalissimo I may do so. Will you advise me en route on this point. In any event I would like to see you before any detailed discussions with the Generalissimo. I have informed the Generalissimo that I plan to leave Washington on Saturday, 15 December and arrive in China on Thursday, 20 December. I have told him that as a matter of convenience military channels of communication would be used throughout my trip, and I would keep you informed of my daily progress and that you will notify him as to the exact time and place of my arrival. Will you also keep the American Embassy informed. I accept your offer of your former house in Chungking on proviso that it will still be considered your house during your stays in Chungking.2 For your information I plan to utilize the office facilities and staff of the Embassy. I have been unable to obtain a properly qualified interpreter here. Your assistance on these problems appreciated.

Document Copy Text Source: Records of the War Department General and Special Staffs (RG 165), Records of the Operations Division (OPD), 336 China, Item 95/8, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.

Document Format: Typed radio message.

1. This message was sent to the commanding officers of all the commands through which Marshall planned to travel.

2. Wedemeyer had moved his U.S. Forces China Theater headquarters from Chungking to Shanghai between late September and mid-October 1945. On the question of whether Marshall should stay in the former ambassador’s quarters in Chungking, Wedemeyer had written: “I recommend that you live in the house that I formerly occupied there. I have a full complement of capable servants and a soldier orderly awaiting your arrival. The Ambassador’s House is rather depressing and one must climb many steps to enter.” (Wedemeyer to Marshall, Radio No. CFB-16348, December 2, 1945, NA/RG 59 [Lot Files, Marshall Mission, War Department, Background].)

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), pp. 390-391.

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