5-121 To Lieutenant General Ira C. Eaker, May 9, 1945

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: May 9, 1945

Subject: World War II

To Lieutenant General Ira C. Eaker1

May 9, 1945 [Washington, D.C.]

My dear Eaker,

In the midst of the celebrations of the European victory and the numerous messages of congratulations to the various leaders, I have felt that you, by reason of your transfer to a post of great importance in the War Department, have been denied much of the personal and official satisfaction which is your due.

You organized and initiated the great air attack on Germany and the Continent. You carried through those most difficult phases. In the Mediterranean theater you directed the strategical bombing operations from the bases in that region and commanded the Allied Air Forces in Italy.

All these duties and great responsibilities you discharged with conspicuous success and you also displayed marked efficiency in the effectiveness of your dealings with our Allies.

For these great services I tender you my personal congratulations and appreciation.2

Faithfully yours,


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. Eaker was acting commanding general of Army Air Forces at the Pentagon.

2. “Truly, there never was another Commander so thoughtful of the feelings of his subordinates as you always are,” Eaker replied. “I had rather have your letter and its generous references to the character of my late military service than any or all of the decorations I have received.” (Eaker to Marshall, May 9, 1945, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, Selected].)

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. 175.


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