SOUTHEAST ASIA COMMAND H.Q., KANDY, CEYLON, 89 AUG. (AP)
Brig. Gen. Frank D. Merrill, who recently surrendered command of his famous Marauder detachment in Burma, has been named head of the liaison group for the China - Burma - India theatre at Allied headquarters here.
The nature of Merrill's assignment was disclosed by Gen. Joseph W. Stilwell in a message from his headquarters in India commending Merrill for his services in the field and declaring he had been relieved of his command solely because of ill health.
The statement supplemented an earlier announcement from Stilwell's headquarters emphasizing that Merrill's transfer to Kandy was in no way connected with an inquiry into a reported breakdown in morale of the Marauders during the battle of Myitkyina. The breakdown had been attributed to premature return of convalescent raiders to active duty.