3-602 To Lieutenant General Joseph W. Stilwell Radio No. 2498, April 14, 1943

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: April 14, 1943

Subject: World War II

To Lieutenant General Joseph W. Stilwell

April 14, 1943 Radio No. 2498 Washington, D.C.


For General Stilwell for his eye only from General Marshall.

I proposed to President that he reply to Generalissimo regarding Chennault as follows:

That this fitted in with plans already under way for General Handy, now in Africa with final destination Chungking, to bring you back for conference and that he, the President, had directed me to proceed with the arrangements.

My original proposition was for you, Bissell, and Chennault to return. The President refused to include Bissell’s name. Maybe you could bring back member of Bissell’s staff.1

Admiral King and I are leaving here between May 1st and 7th for Pacific and Australia. Would it be possible and wise, having in mind present conditions in China and Burma, for you to arrive in Washington with Chennault at the end of April? Wheeler I assume should be placed in command in your absence.2

Document Copy Text Source: Records of the War Department General and Special Staffs (RG 165), Records of the Operations Division (OPD), Top Secret Message File CM-OUT-5624, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.

Document Format: Typed radio message.

1. Two staff officers accompanied Stilwell to Washington: Brigadier General William D. Old, chief of staff of the Tenth Air Force, and Colonel Frank D. Merrill (U.S.M.A., 1929), assistant chief of staff, G-3, China-Burma-India Theater.

2. While Stilwell and Chennault were in Washington, Major General Raymond A. Wheeler commanded the U.S. Army forces in the China-Burma-India area and Brigadier General Edgar E. Glenn was in charge of the Fourteenth Air Force in China. For information regarding the Stilwell-Chennault conference, see Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #3-636 [3: 674-75].

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. 3, “The Right Man for the Job,” December 7, 1941-May 31, 1943 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991), pp. 642-643.

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