45.09.14 General Marshall; Surplus

Author:  Patterson, Frederick Douglas
Date: September 14, 1945

Subject: Postwar

Tuskegee Institute
Office of the President
Tuskegee Institute, Alabama

General George C. Marshall
Chief of Staff
War Department
Washington 25, D. C.

Dear General Marshall:

I am most grateful to you for the conference granted me in connection with the future plans of aviation and military training at Tuskegee Institute. I appreciate the interest shown not only by yourself but by other members of the Army to whom you directed me. I left with a feeling that the Army has done a superb job in the war effort in spite of numerous difficulties and the necessity for harpooning the opinions and actions of every race and creed in America.

Your sympathetic interest in Tuskegee Institute and your overall awareness of problems faced by Negroes in America and your desire to see practical constructive steps taken for a solution of these problems leave me profoundly grateful for your interest and friendship.

I believe plans as outlined for aviation with the possibilities in terms of the ROTC and surplus war materials would all prove definitely helpful to the development of effective military participation by Negro youth and the program at Tuskegee Institute.

Should I be fortunate to receive your autographed picture it will prove a cherished possession of a lifetime.

With warm regards.

Sincerely yours,

F. D. Patterson

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