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To Lieutenant General Jacob L. Devers
March 25, 1944 Radio Washington, D.C.
For Devers’ eyes only from Marshall.
Colonel William T. Sexton, late Secretary of the War Department General Staff is en route to your theatre. He has taken course at Sill and been assigned to a division during recent Louisiana maneuvers. I now want him attached to a U. S. division in the line in Italy not as a liaison officer or observer but as member of division on duty with artillery. His assignment is to be made without regard to his rank, that is, he can be made subordinate to a junior in rank. What I want is to give him the experience in fighting as a final step to offset his long service to me here in the office. Thereafter he is on his own. You can keep him or we will assign him to a division training in U.S.1
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, Selected Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed radio message.
1. Sexton was assigned as commanding officer of the artillery brigade of the Third Infantry Division.
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), p. 377.