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Memorandum for General Osborn1
(Through General Somervell)
May 13, 1942 [Washington, D.C.]
I have just received a message from Colonel Stevens,2 of the Records of the Operations Division (OPD), who has been traveling through the South Pacific. He makes this statement:
“At each stop I have been impressed with the seriousness of lack of mail deliveries. Each commander has stated that this mail shortage was his most serious morale factor.”
I wish you would go into this to see what we can do to better conditions as quickly as possible.
Document Copy Text Source: Records of the War Department General and Special Staffs (RG 165), Records of the Office of the Chief of Staff (OCS), 311.1 Mail Delivery, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.
Document Format: Typed memorandum.
1. Brigadier General Frederick H. Osborn was chief of Special Services (formerly the Morale Branch).
2. Lieutenant Colonel Francis R. Stevens (U.S.M.A., 1924) was chief of the Operations Division’s Southwest Pacific Section.
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. 199.