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To Lieutenant General John E. Hull
Monday P.M. [December 3, 1945] Washington, D.C.
I have talked to Byroade. Unless Bissell has some very sound objections and an excellent candidate—in your opinion—Byroade is my choice. I have told him so and explained the possibility of a reversal of my decision if you felt Bissell had other views with sound reason.
So, put Byroade to work on gathering together the numerous strings-unless B. has objected.1
See if Shepley can be put on a routine per diem expense account. His pay to come from Time.2
G. C. M.
Document Copy Text Source: Records of the War Department General and Special Staffs (RG 165), Records of the Operations Division (OPD), Executive File 2, Item 9, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.
Document Format: Handwritten letter signed.
1. Colonel Henry A. Byroade (U.S.M.A., 1937), at this time acting director of the Operations Division’s Asiatic Section, was an engineer who had served in India (1942-43) and China (1943-44) and was not anxious to return to the Far East, but neither did he wish to turn Marshall down. His initial job, Marshall told him, would be “to get [me] to China with the best possible instructions from the President.” (Byroade, interviewed by Forrest C. Pogue, July 22, 1969, p. 2, GCMRL.)
2. Beginning in April 1945, Marshall had had James R. Shepley, a war correspondent for Time magazine whose prose and attitude he admired, commissioned a captain and assigned to help him write the Biennial Report of the Chief of Staff of the United States Army, July 1, 1943, to June 30, 1945, to the Secretary of War (Washington: GPO, 1945), and to develop public statements relating to postwar military policy. (Marshall had written a flattering farewell to Shepley on November 15, 1945; see GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, 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), p. 377.