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To Lieutenant General Charles D. Herron
December 13, 1940 Washington, D.C.
I should have written you several weeks ago, but I must confess to an over-burdened mind and to over-crowded days—mobilization in time of peace in a democracy is a heavy task for one in my particular position.
What I wanted to tell you is this: For reasons on this side of the water, it appears desirable to send Walter Short to Hawaii instead of Krueger, and for the same reason it appears best to make the transfer at an earlier date than originally intended.1 Therefore, Short will probably be relieved as a tactical corps commander in the early part of January and ordered to Hawaii. Whether or not he will want a leave before going I do not know, but he will be given one if he desires it and you are agreeable to that arrangement.
At the present time, Short knows nothing about this—nor does anyone else for that matter; but I intend to write to him and tell him what is brewing. I will ask him about the leave, and will radio you his desire, so that you in reply can tell me yours. If he goes direct, I imagine he will get out to Hawaii about the middle of January, though it may be later.
I am sorry to upset your plans, particularly in view of your generous willingness to go on up to the last moment, but the reasons for the transfer are important. Krueger, incidentally, I expect to hold for the command of the Third Army on Brees’s retirement in the late spring—though I cannot be certain of that, so treat this as most confidential.2
I will not confuse this letter with any other matters. In reply be very frank with me, for you are entitled to every possible consideration.3
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, Selected Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. Major General Walter C. Short was commander of the First Army Corps at Columbia, South Carolina. Major General Walter Krueger was commander of the Eighth Army Corps at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Marshall may have been concerned with Krueger’s ability to cooperate with his navy counterpart in Hawaii. See Marshall to Krueger, April 14, 1941, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #2-421 [2: 473-74].
2. Lieutenant General Herbert J. Brees was commander of the Eighth Corps Area and Third Army at San Antonio, Texas.
3. In a December 20 radiogram and a December 24 letter, Herron conveyed his agreement. (GCMRL/ G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, Selected].)
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. 370-371.