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To Major General Ellard A. Walsh
September 26, 1944 [Washington, D.C.]
Dear General Walsh:
Since my letter to you of August 17th, I have seen a copy of the pamphlet subject “Notes to Bear in Mind When Dealing or Working with the Chinese”.1
General Stilwell informs me that he has directed the deletion of the sentence which reflects on the National Guard from existing and future copies of the subject pamphlet.
The statements contained in the pamphlet concerning the high ranking Chinese officers and those which reflect severely on the National Guard are regretted and, your protest is fully justified. My views in the matter are further indicated in the following paraphrase of a radio which I am dispatching to General Stilwell.
“I received your letter with two inclosures subject Orientation Pamphlet dated 9 September. Although the booklet is without official identification the mere fact that it was written, printed and distributed by Army personnel (whether with or without your personal knowledge) makes the War Department and your headquarters responsible for its contents. The statements made in the subject pamphlet reflecting upon the National Guard and those derogatory to the high ranking Chinese officers have serious implications and are to be deplored.
“To date, you have directed only the deletion of that sentence which was objectionable to the National Guard. The pamphlet should be further amended to delete all portions which reflect adversely on the Chinese.”
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. See Marshall to Walsh, August 17, 1944, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #4-481 [4: 552].
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. 4, “Aggressive and Determined Leadership,” June 1, 1943-December 31, 1944 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996), pp. 606-607.