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To Major General Millard F. Harmon
November 17, 1942 Radio [Washington, D.C.]
1. For Admiral Halsey from General Marshall.
You and your naval people are doing a magnificent job and we are profoundly grateful.1
2. From General Marshall for General Harmon’s Eye Only.
Reference third paragraph your letter November first, which I appreciate, we should like to disclose home locale of National Guard units in Guadalcanal, doing it in such a way as not to disclose strength.2 See if you can clear this with Admiral Halsey.
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. Halsey’s South Pacific Force had won a decisive victory in the November 13-15 naval battle of Guadalcanal. Thereafter the Japanese could no longer reinforce their position on Guadalcanal. (Morison, Struggle for Guadalcanal, pp. 239-87.)
2. These units, their dates of arrival on Guadalcanal, and their original states were: 164th Infantry Regiment (October 13, North Dakota); 147th Infantry Regiment (November 4, Ohio); and 182d Regimental Combat Team (November 12, Massachusetts). (Shelby L. Stanton, Order of Battle: U.S. Army, World War 17 [Novato, Calif.: Presidio Press, 1984], pp. 225, 230, 233.)
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. 439.