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Dear Mr. Burnett,
Thank you for contacting the History Hub.
The information you seek may be located in the Security Classified Correspondence of the War Department Chief of Staff, 1920-1942 [NAID 4036922] in Record Group 165, NM-84 12. There is a subject card index to these records available. Unfortunately, the correspondence file consists only of about 8 cubic feet of records. The Departmental Records Branch of the Army purged this records believing that the correspondence was duplicated in the Central Decimal files [NAID 7513377 & 7513378] of the Army Adjutant General’s Office in Record Group 407, PI-17 37-H & PI-17 37-E, respectively. If you wish to review these records, the staff of the Textual Reference Archives II Branch (RDT2) will be pleased to make the finding aids to these records available to you or your representative in the Textual Research Room at the National Archives in College Park, MD. RDT2 is located at 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD, near the University of Maryland--College Park campus.
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The book The Years of MacArthur, Volume 1: 1880-1941 by D. Clayton James (1970) was written after the purge while the U.S. Army Center of Military History volume “Chief of Staff: Pre-War Plans and Preparations” by Mark S. Watson (1950) was written before it. In Watson’s bibliographic note, he indicates where other records may be found.
We hope that this information. Best of luck with your research.
Thank you for the suggestion. Had not seen this site before. Will likely
come in handy in the future.
Review this information very closely, because it actually provides some insight as to the status of the records.
Eisenhower was going to accept the nomination for president from both parties, whereby there would be an end to the two party system in America. Subsequently, Macarthur did not agree. Eisenhower declassified the records , whereby the Military then further restricted them. It would be interesting to see how Patton may have fit into the post war political matrix. Which military branch had the largest interest during the Korean War, and which file cabinet would the Macarthur papers be in? It's almost like reviewing the Deck Logs of the USS Nimitz on November 14, 2004?