Feb. 11, 1962 - A memorial to the late General of the Army George C. Marshall (pictured in 1945) as author of the plan that made possible Europe’s postwar economic recovery will be erected in Frankfurt, Germany, later this year, it was announced today. A campaign to build the memorial was launched last year by the Frankfurt Chamber of Commerce and Industry. General Marshall rose through the U.S. Army to become Chief of Staff under Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman, then served as Secretary of State and Secretary of Defense under Truman. Sir Winston Churchill lauded Gen. Marshall as the “organizer of victory” for his leadership of the Allied victory in World War II. After the war, he spent a frustrating year trying and failing to halt the impending civil war in China. As Secretary of State, Marshall advocated a U.S. economic and political commitment to post-war European recovery, including the Marshall Plan that bore his name. In recognition of this work, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1953. General Marshall died in October 1959.
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