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To Major General Edmund L. Daley
May 18, 1942 [Washington, D.C.]
My dear Daley:
Your letter of May 13th with regard to your relief from command was brought to my personal attention, along with that of The Adjutant General to you of May 10th.1 Formal reply to your letter will be made, but in the meantime I wish to say this personally and directly.
The action in your case was taken after the most careful consideration following a series of reports from a number of directions, all indicating an identical reaction to your method of exercising command and its effect on morale. I wrote you personally on this subject on January 30, 1941 shortly before your relief from command in Puerto Rico.2 I talked to you later regarding the question of liquor, but I wish you to know that there has been no reference to this last matter in any of the reports that have come to my attention.
However there appears to be a unanimity of opinion that it would be most unwise to continue you in high command. The military situation is too serious for any risks to be taken in favor of a single individual. Therefore your relief was directed.
I regretted the necessity, in my judgment, for the action taken, but there is no doubt whatsoever in my mind that the interests of the Government required this action.3
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. From March 25, 1941, to May 5, 1942, Daley was commanding general of the Fifth Army Corps at Camp Beauregard, Louisiana. His letter of May 13 is not in the Marshall papers.
2. After hearing numerous rumors of morale problems within the Puerto Rican command, Marshall suggested that Daley “analyze” his command techniques to see if they might be a cause. The chief of staff relieved him in March 1941. (See Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #2-356, [2: 401-2].)
3. Daley became deputy director of the New York State Office of Civilian Protection on May 25, 1942. He retired as a brigadier general on September 30, 1942. (Marshall to Daley, September 23, 1942, 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. 3, “The Right Man for the Job,” December 7, 1941-May 31, 1943 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991), pp. 204-205.