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To Lieutenant General Joseph T. McNarney1
August 26, 1944 Radio Bishop Army Air Forces Base, California
For General McNarney from General Marshall.
Tell Handy personally to instruct Merrill to make no observations whatever regarding Mountbatten or British. He may under approved arrangement discuss GALAHAD complications.2
Also Handy personally request Civil [sic] Hull (Gen)3 or his principal subordinates to see that Stilwell representative Davies makes no comment that could possibly reach news agencies, regarding Mountbatten or British.4
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. McNarney was acting chief of staff. Marshall and Arnold had left on the evening of August 22 for a fishing expedition in the Sierra Nevadas in Inyo National Forest east of Yosemite National Park. They returned to Washington, D.C., on the afternoon of August 30.
2. Brigadier General Frank D. Merrill, leader of “Merrill’s Marauders” (i.e., the 5307th Composite Brigade [Provisional], code-named GALAHAD), had recently returned to the United States from operations in north Burma. On August 25 he talked to the press about problems he had—particularly a temporary breakdown in unit morale—in the successful battle to take Myitkyina. (New York Times, August 26, 1944, p. 7.)
3. Major General John E. Hull was chief of the Operations Division’s Theater Group.
4. Stilwell had been at Lord Louis Mountbatten’s Southeast Asia Command headquarters in Ceylon since the end of July. John Paton Davies, Jr., a Foreign Service officer, had been attached to Stilwell’s staff as political adviser since July 1942.
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. 561-562.