5-122 To Lieutenant General Walter Bedell Smith, May 9, 1945

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: May 9, 1945

Subject: World War II

To Lieutenant General Walter Bedell Smith

May 9, 1945 Radio. Washington, D.C.


Personal for Smith from Marshall.

Dear Smith:

I do not want the celebration of the European victory to close without an expression of my admiration for the manner in which you have discharged your vast responsibilities. I think I am aware of how vital and trying your job has been and I know I am aware of the extraordinary efficiency with which it has been carried out. There is much more for you to do and I imagine in some respects your duties and responsibilities will now be more seriously complicated by issues foreign to operational problems than was the case during actual hostilities, but I have complete confidence in your ability to meet the problems of the day.

You have rendered a great service to General Eisenhower and taken your place in the history of a great and terrible epoch.1


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. Smith replied that having the chief of staff’s confidence had strengthened their position. “It has been possible for us to do our work well because we always had you solidly behind us,” wrote Smith. “Every time we have needed help, it has been given immediately and in full measure.” (Smith to Marshall, May 9, 1945, 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. 5, “The Finest Soldier,” January 1, 1945-January 7, 1947 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003), p. 176.

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