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Memorandum for General Osborn1
March 23, 1944 [Washington, D.C.]
I read through Part II of “America Goes to War” and made some rough notes on the manuscript. I then sent it to OPD to check and you will find attached to my memorandum to them, their comments. I have read these hurriedly and they appear to be sound. However, there may be some that are of a too meticulous nature. Use your own judgment in this.
It is imperative that you keep my name out of these War Department films, otherwise I am bound to be subjected to attack for publicizing myself.
My other comment is that we cannot go into post-war political aspects. Just what the differentiation is between political post-war and other postwar matters is difficult to define, I admit, but the utmost care will have to be taken with this, otherwise the whole business of War Department films will be suppressed by action of Congress.2
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. Major General Frederick H. Osborn was director of the Morale Services Division.
2. For Marshall’s reply to one charge that the War Department was producing Roosevelt administration propaganda films, see Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #3-506 [3: 538-39].
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. 4, “Aggressive and Determined Leadership,” June 1, 1943-December 31, 1944 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996), p. 368.