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To Lieutenant General Jacob L. Devers
July 17, 1944 Radio No. WARX-66179 Washington, D.C.
Personal for Devers from Marshall.
At my suggestion General Eisenhower released in series the names of Corps Commanders and then Division Commanders whose units had been identified.1 It has created a very favorable publicity here at home with considerable writeups on each individual. He has now agreed to my suggestion to have General Bradley propose every few days the name of some Unit Commander, Company, Battalion or Regiment, whose organization has done especially well in some current operation. This will be released in the theater as an item of news, referring specifically to Commander, Organization, and incident. Further, Theater Public Relations will send War Department Public Relations a detailed account of the specific operation in order that more extensive writeups can be managed on this side than are acceptable over communication channels from the theater. Please institute such procedures in your theater but due to smaller size of your US Forces releases as frequent as indicated above would not be appropriate.
Document Copy Text Source: Records of the War Department General and Special Staffs (RG 165), Records of the Operations Division (OPD), Top Secret Message File CM-OUT-66179, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.
Document Format: Typed radio message.
1. For further information, see Marshall to Eisenhower, July 14, 1944, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #4-453 [4: 522-23].
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. 4, “Aggressive and Determined Leadership,” June 1, 1943-December 31, 1944 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996), pp. 525-526.