2-356 To Major General Edmund L. Daley, January 30, 1941

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: January 30, 1941

To Major General Edmund L. Daley

January 30, 1941 Washington, D.C.


Dear Daley:

This is for your eye alone, and I want you to know that I do not want a reply.

I am going to write very frankly, particularly as I have had great admiration for the way you have developed the Puerto Rican command. There have come to me from such a variety of sources rumors or hints of a phase of discontent in your command that I thought it best to make a frank report of the matter to you personally. The indications point to a very highly developed and highly trained organization; but on the other hand, all seem to indicate that little things, small requirements pertaining to the individual are having an accumulative effect which in time will possibly do harm.

I have turned this matter over in my mind to see if I could penetrate the possible causes, but I can only guess at that in writing to you because I have refrained from any questioning of people. I am inclined to think that a variety of factors are involved, the most serious one being that you, a bachelor, are unsparing of yourself and very strenuous in your demands on other people; that Bradley, your Air man, is possibly a better staff officer than a commander in his relation to handling people; that Connell, with your Air outfit, while an excellent commander is of the “driver” type who in the past has required some pressure to have him ease up from time to time before the boys exploded; and finally, that McAndrew, your Chief of Staff, is certainly not the cheery type.1

As I have said I have such great confidence in your ability to handle any situation in Puerto Rico, that I hesitate in any way to seem to limit your methods or activity. Therefore, I do not want you to answer this letter. I merely want you to analyze this business and see if you think maybe the pressure has been too continuously heavy and exacting, especially as to little requirements.2

Faithfully yours,

Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, Selected Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.

Document Format: Typed letter.

1. Brigadier General Follett Bradley (U.S.N.A., 1910) was commanding general of the Thirteenth Composite Wing of the Puerto Rican Department. Lieutenant Colonel Carl W. Connell was the commanding officer of Borinquen Field, Puerto Rico. Bradley wrote to the chief of the Air Corps that there was personal conflict between himself and Daley and that Connell felt that Bradley had “eclipsed” him. (Bradley to Arnold, February 3, 1941, GCMRLI G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, Selected].) Colonel Joseph A. McAndrew (U.S.M.A., 1904) had been chief of staff of the Puerto Rican Department since April 1939.

2. On March 20, 1941, Marshall assigned Daley to command the Fifth Army Corps assembled at Camp Beauregard, Louisiana.

Recommended Citation: ThePapers of George Catlett Marshall, ed.Larry I. Bland, Sharon Ritenour Stevens, and Clarence E. Wunderlin, Jr.(Lexington, Va.: The George C. Marshall Foundation, 1981- ). Electronic version based on The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, vol. 2, “We Cannot Delay,” July 1, 1939-December 6, 1941 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1986), pp. 401-402.

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