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To the Secretary of State
February 10, 1946 Radio No. 260. [Chungking, China]
Reference DEPTEL 152 January 25, 7 p. m. regarding despatch of Adler or Cassidy [Caseday] on Special Mission to Bangkok: Cassidy is working with General Hodge in Korea and I suppose but do not know that at the moment his presence there is important.1 For me at present stage of negotiations in China Adler’s daily presence is indispensable as I am now moving into the details of finance, offsets and other negotiations on surplus property transfers, shipping etc. He would be leaving here at the time I need him most.
I hesitate to press General Hodge from here to release Cassidy, as I have no knowledge of his situation and Hodge, because of past relationship, would be at least embarrassed if he did not yield to my request. I therefore recommend that General Hodge be approached from Washington if no other solution can be found.
Document Copy Text Source: Records of the Department of State (RG 59), Lot Files, Marshall Mission, Political Affairs, Messages In—Embassy, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.
Document Format: Typed radio message.
1. Solomon Adler and Lauren W. Caseday were the Treasury Department’s representative and assistant representative in China. Lieutenant General John R. Hodge, who had served on the General Staff under Marshall, 1938-41, had commanded the Twenty-fourth Corps in the Luzon and Okinawa campaigns. On September 8, 1945, he and the leading elements of the corps arrived in Korea; there he commanded the United States Forces in Korea.
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. 5, “The Finest Soldier,” January 1, 1945-January 7, 1947 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003), pp. 450-451.