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To Lieutenant General Joseph W. Stilwell
June 28, 1944 [Radio No. 57236.] Washington, D.C.
Personal for Stilwell from Marshall.
General Donovan has submitted a report on the activities of OSS Detachment Number 101 which operates in North Burma. The report covers the assistance rendered General Merrill’s forces in the Myitkyina campaign. It recites the very important services rendered.1 Please indicate to me your estimate of services rendered. I ask this because there has been much criticism by certain members of JCS of Donovan’s activities and this particular report would indicate very valuable services.2
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. On June 19 Brigadier General William J. Donovan, director of the Office of Strategic Services, forwarded a report which praised the activities of O.S.S. Detachment Number 101, based in northern Burma, for providing assistance to forces serving under Stilwell and to Merrill’s Marauders in the area of Myitkyina. The unit, consisting of 76 officers, 159 enlisted men, and 3,000 natives, supplied enemy intelligence, served as guides, cleared trails, and engaged in sabotage and ambushing. (Donovan to Marshall, June 19, 1944, NA/RG 165 [OCS, 323.3 SEAC].)
2. “Services rendered by detachment 101 to Merrills force in Myitkyina campaign were of great value,” replied Stilwell. “Information furnished on routes and enemy locations and strength assisted us greatly. We are further developing this organization because of its future potential value.” (Stilwell to Marshall, Radio No. CHC-1236, July 1, 1944, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, Selected].)
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. 498-499.