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Memorandum for General Chou En-lai
May 2, 1946 OSE 6 Nanking, China
Dear General Chou:
Madame Carla Elena, Provincial Vicar of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary, appeals to me for assistance in securing the evacuation from Chefoo of about thirty-two sisters of the order. Seven are French, Belgian, Italian, English and Canadian, who are elderly women and some sick. The remaining twenty-five are Chinese.
There are no Americans involved in this request. Will it be possible to arrange for the evacuation of these women if I can find a vessel for the purpose?1
Document Copy Text Source: Records of the Department of State (RG 59), Lot Files, Marshall Mission, Military Affairs, OSE Letters, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.
Document Format: Typed memorandum.
1. Marshall was able to find a ship. A June 29 memorandum to him from Chou En-lai stated: “Regarding the repatriation of 32 Catholic nuns in Chefoo on board the U.S.S. George and the survey of seacoast to look for a landing, I already cabled General Chen Yi [commander, Communist New Fourth Army, Shantung province] asking him to render every possible assistance.” (Foreign Relations, 1946, 9: 711.)
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. 5, “The Finest Soldier,” January 1, 1945-January 7, 1947 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003), pp. 536-537.