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Uniontown in Fayette County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Europe First, Then Japan

 
 
Europe First, Then Japan Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bradley Owen, September 13, 2021
1. Europe First, Then Japan Marker
Inscription.  The leading advocate in the Allied High Command of an invasion of Northern France, General Marshall successfully fought off proposals to delay or indefinitely postpone the D-Day attack. When the British wanted to invade the enemy-held island of Rhodes off Turkey, he replied, "not one American will die" there. D-Day, June 6, 1944, represented Marshall's strategic vision. In the Pacific, he advocated steady pressure and a policy of opportunism. He enforced clear lines and unity of command everywhere.

(Photo Caption): President Roosevelt wanted Marshall to lead the invasion of Europe but knew winning the worldwide war would be harder with the General out of Washington. The job went instead to Dwight Eisenhower, one of many officers Marshall promoted over more senior men.
 
Erected 2003 by His Royal Highness The Duke of York, KCVO, ADC; Friends of Marshall.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, World II. A significant historical date for this entry is June 6, 1944.
 
Location. 39° 54.037′ N, 79° 43.848′ W. Marker is in
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Uniontown, Pennsylvania, in Fayette County. Marker can be reached from West Main Street (Business U.S. 40) east of North Mount Vernon Avenue, on the left when traveling west. Located at the George C. Marshall Memorial Plaza. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Uniontown PA 15401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Citizens' Army (here, next to this marker); Plan “Without Hysteria” (here, next to this marker); The Marshall Plan (here, next to this marker); Mr. Secretary (a few steps from this marker); The Marshall Legacy (a few steps from this marker); A Solid Foundation (a few steps from this marker); The Middle Years (a few steps from this marker); Veterans Memorial (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Uniontown.
 
Europe First, Then Japan Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bradley Owen, September 13, 2021
2. Europe First, Then Japan Marker
Marshall quote is mounted on the fence and can be seen on the right side of the photo.
Marshall Quote On Bridge Fence image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bradley Owen, September 13, 2021
3. Marshall Quote On Bridge Fence
"My first recollection is going out to our
barn in which we kept a horse and a
cow...climbing up the ladder which was
fastened to the side of the barn....
I came to a windowless opening. In a
sense...this was my first look at the world."
George C. Marshall
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 27, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 21, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. This page has been viewed 133 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 21, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.

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