5-515 To the War Department, Office of the Chief of Staff, August 1, 1946

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: August 1, 1946

Subject: China

To the War Department, Office of the Chief of Staff

August 1, 1946 Radio No. GOLD 1218. [Nanking, China]


Gillem1 informs me that no action has been taken on the proposed transfer of the Director of Intelligence, China Service Command, to the Military Attache Office.2 I would appreciate early action.

In this connection the China Service Command continues to issue Intelsums and Sitsums3 which are additional to information being reported by SSU, Embassy, Seventh Fleet, by the Naval Attache and by the Military Attache systems. The China Service Command no longer is involved in any considerations regarding combat operations. Therefore its own service Intelsums and Sitsums no longer are necessary and add to the mass and repetitions of these documents in China. The reports and proposed amplification of the Military Attache reports as well as SSU reports should fulfill War Department requirements for intelligence on China and I therefore desire to terminate China Service Command reports.4

Document Copy Text Source: Records of the Department of State (RG 59), Lot Files, Marshall Mission, Military Affairs, GOLD Messages, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.

Document Format: Typed radio message.

1. Lieutenant General Alvan Gillem had replaced Wedemeyer as commanding general, U.S. Forces, China Theater. When the theater was terminated on May 1, 1946, he commanded its successor, U.S. Army Forces, China, and its successor (after July 1, 1946), China Service Command. All of these organizations had their headquarters in Shanghai.

2. On May 10, Gillem had suggested to the War Department (and noted Marshall’s concurrence) that intelligence in China be centralized under the Military Attach

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