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To Lieutenant General Frank M. Andrews
January 23, 1942 [Washington, D.C.]
Your last letter was most informative, and since then I have talked to General Miles in regard to his conversations with you.
I radioed you yesterday to the effect that Bob Lewis had been jumped a number of times in promotion because of the fact that he was so located that I did not have a sufficiently strong case to put the promotion across with the President, and I thought that his transfer to Trinidad would block him still further.1
Miles tells me that he made a satisfactory arrangement with you about your keeping in touch with the special observation work in Latin-American countries. I have just sent a note to Mr. Hoover of the F.B.I., in view of the President’s Executive Order of a few days ago placing all Latin-American secret service work under Mr. Hoover’s agency, expressing my deep concern over the matter and the hope that he would have his agents tie in with you. I will let you know what his response is to this overture.
Miles brought up the question of equipping your house for official entertainment, and they are surveying the ground to see where we can immediately get funds for this purpose. With the wives returning home I suppose we will have much the same situation in Trinidad and Puerto Rico.
We are going very carefully into the question of unity of command in the “Caribbean Arch”, and at the same time have very much the same question along the East and West coasts. All of this I hope we can iron out to everyone’s satisfaction in the near future.
I had hoped to fly down to see you and your command early this month, even before Christmas, but the rapid march of events has made this impossible. However, I may manage this some day on short notice but the prospects at present do not look bright.
From every hand, I hear you are doing a splendid job.
Document Copy Text Source: Records of the War Department General and Special Staffs (RG 165), Records of the Office of the Chief of Staff (OCS), Chronological, Miscellaneous, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. Brigadier General Robert H. Lewis (U.S.M.A., 1905) was commanding general of Fort Davis and of the Panama Mobile Force. He was promoted to major general on March 17, 1942.
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. 3, “The Right Man for the Job,” December 7, 1941-May 31, 1943 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991), pp. 81-82.