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Memorandum for General Handy
October 29, 1942 [Washington, D.C.]
Operations reports, particularly those referring to air operations, frequently give the names and character of wounds of members of crews. I assume that it would be a long time before such reports hit the usual channel of communications to the Adjutant General’s Office. If this last is the case might we not pass on this information to the Adjutant General’s Office for a preliminary report?
I suppose this should only refer to cases of men wounded, but it gives an opportunity to give parents or wives quick information of the participation of the soldier in a particular area and operation. I suppose the Adjutant General would present the probability of complications in this procedure, but I am inclined to think it would do good if, for example, the parents of a boy who was wounded in a raid on Rabaul yesterday were told that he was wounded, that he is alive, and that yesterday he was over Rabaul. The same would apply to a report this morning of the wounding of a member of a plane crew operating in the battle of the Solomons.
I certainly don’t want to build up any work for your Section but it seems to me there is a chance here to convert a distressing bit of news into something that would thrill the parent and be good propaganda.
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, Selected Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed memorandum.
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. 415.