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To Lieutenant General Walter C. Short
December 7, 1941 Radio No. 529. Washington, D.C.
Japanese are presenting at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Standard time today what amounts to an ultimatum also they are under orders to destroy their Code machine immediately. Just what significance the hour set may have we do not know but be on alert accordingly. Inform naval authorities of this communication.1
Document Copy Text Source: Records of the Adjutant General’s Office 1917- (RG 407), Adjutant General, 381 [11-27-41], General, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.
Document Format: Typed radio message.
1. The War Department Message Center informed Marshall that this message was sent to the following commanders: the Caribbean Defense Command, Quarry Heights, Panama Canal Zone (dispatched at 12:00 noon); U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, Manila, Philippines (dispatched at 12:05 P.M.); Fourth Army, Presidio of San Francisco (dispatched at 12:11 P.M.); and Hawaiian Department, Fort Shafter, Hawaii (dispatched at 12:17 P.M.). Marshall was informed that the messages would reach their destination in about thirty minutes. Three times Marshall sent officers to make certain that the messages would be expedited. The Message Center did not inform the chief of staff that the message to Hawaii had been rerouted and delayed. (Watson, Chief of Staff, pp. 514-15.)
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), p. 7.