Marshall Mission Files, Lot 54–D270: Telegram

The Joint Chiefs of Staff to the Commanding General, United States Forces, China Theater (Wedemeyer)11b

Warx 82254. Schedule for removal of Marine Forces from China and deactivation of China Theater refers.

The Joint Chiefs of Staff consider it undesirable that the China Theater be deactivated until the U. S. Military Advisory Group to China has been established.

Question of withdrawal of Marines has been referred to State-War-Navy Coordinating Committee for the political implications. Joint Chiefs of Staff do not desire that withdrawal commence before views of State Department have been ascertained. You will be further advised.

Pending further instructions, military assistance will continue on basis of existing directives.

  1. Sent also to Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, Commander in Chief, Pacific Ocean Areas.