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To Lieutenant General Thomas T. Handy
May 2, 1946 Radio No. GOLD 30 [Nanking, China]
We are having something of a motor car crisis out here in connection with transfer of government to Nanking. Cars at Chungking were not only worn out (I had three breakdowns in one day and finally accepted one of Generalissimo’s pre-war cars) but transfer involves three or four weeks of rough road travel to get cars to Nanking. I found Embassy on my arrival here with one Ford borrowed from Chinese and not running, correspondents trying to buy bicycles, another pre-war car of Generalissimo’s loaned to me. Cadillac sent out via Burma lacks transmission.
In view of demobilization in U.S. can you find three Cadillacs and send them out here for me and Gillem and Embassy.1 I am getting five light sedans from Styer.2 He has no medium or heavy cars.
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. The automobiles arrived in Nanking on August 11. (Caughey to Carter, Radio No. GOLD 1308, August 13, 1946, NA/RG 59 [Lot Files, Marshall Mission, Military Affairs, GOLD Messages].)
2. Lieutenant General Wilhelm D. Styer had been commanding general of U.S. Army Forces, Western Pacific (i.e., mainly the Philippines), since June 1945.
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. 537.