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To Lieutenant General John E. Hull
January 27, 1946 Radio No. GOLD 112. [Chungking, China]
Wedemeyer is pressing War Department for communication personnel.1 This is of first importance to effective functioning of Peking Executive Headquarters over critical areas. We have within past 36 hours doubled the number of Chinese and American officers to provide the balanced teams urgently required in the field. Without signal communications the teams are more or less impotent. Later I hope I can work this same headquarters into control position overseeing reorganization and nationalization of Chinese military forces, regular and Communist. Help Wedemeyer all and as fast as you can.
Document Copy Text Source: Records of the Department of State (RG 59), Lot Files, Marshall Mission, Military Affairs, GOLD Messages, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.
Document Format: Typed radio message.
1. Wedemeyer had written to Marshall: “We are trying to anticipate your requirements in connection with the Executive Headquarters. At present we are very short of communications personnel and have sent radios screaming to the States. It would be helpful if you could mention the urgency and importance of signal communications personnel in the Theater at this crucial time and request favorable consideration on China Theater requests.” (Wedemeyer to Marshall, January 24, 1946, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [China Mission, General].)
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), pp. 431-432.