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Memorandum for General Arnold
January 22, 1942 [Washington, D.C.]
Harry Hopkins suggested the possibility of finding useful service for the two following ex-aviators in the Pacific theater:
James Norman Hall, thought to be in Tahiti.
Charles B. Nordhoff, now in California, but who can be reached through Robert Sherwood (Donovan’s office).1
These men, you may recall, are the authors of “Mutiny on the Bounty.” Whether their knowledge will be helpful in Australia or in the Malay Peninsula, I do not know. They might be helpful in New Caledonia, or possibly with your air unit to go to the Fiji Islands.
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, Selected Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed memorandum.
1. Hall and Nordhoff were U.S. citizens and World War I combat aviators who had collaborated in writing tales of the South Pacific since 1920; they had lived in Tahiti for many years. Well-known writer Robert E. Sherwood was a deputy to William J. Donovan, the coordinator of information.
Recommended Citation: ThePapers of George Catlett Marshall, ed.Larry I. Bland and Sharon Ritenour Stevens(Lexington, Va.: The George C. Marshall Foundation, 1981- ). Electronic version based on The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, vol. 3, “The Right Man for the Job,” December 7, 1941-May 31, 1943 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991), p. 78.