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Memorandum For General Moore
December 3, 1941 Washington, D.C
The President has decided against the use of a Naval aircraft carrier for the transportation of planes to Basra for delivery to the Russians. He directed that the movement be expedited by other ships and used the expression “Hurry, Hurry, Hurry!”
General Arnold has been following this matter. I wish to be certain that the President’s directive is carried out because now the responsibility rests, in a large measure, with us.1
G. C. M.
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, Selected Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed memorandum signed.
1. The first members of the United States Military Iranian Mission reached Basra, Iraq, in November 1941. A shipment of four light bombers (A-20s) left New York on November 28 and reached Basra on January 23, 1942. The first plane was delivered to the Soviet Union in February. (T. H. Vail Motter, The Persian Corridor and Aid to Russia, a volume in the United States Army in World War II [Washington: GPO, 1952], pp. 28, 127.)
Recommended Citation: ThePapers of George Catlett Marshall, ed.Larry I. Bland, Sharon Ritenour Stevens, and Clarence E. Wunderlin, Jr.(Lexington, Va.: The George C. Marshall Foundation, 1981- ). Electronic version based on The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, vol. 2, “We Cannot Delay,” July 1, 1939-December 6, 1941 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1986), p. 690.