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Memorandum for the Assistant Chief of Staff, G-2 [Strong]
November 13, 1942 [Washington, D.C.]
Last night at a small dinner given me by the National Commander of the American Legion at the Mayflower there were present the Military Attaches or representatives from Latin America, including the officers from Argentina and Chile.
I wished to talk very frankly to the leading men of the Legion and finally decided that it could do no harm in friendly Latin America and that I would take the risk on the Argentine fellow—whom I do not trust at all. I don’t know that there was any particular detail that would be really harmful to us if it leaked out, provided it did not reach the Italians and Germans today or tomorrow.1
With whatever means we are authorized to use, I wish you would watch for communications to the Argentine during the next few days, commencing this morning, to see if any report is attempted.
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. The editors have not discovered the subject of Marshall’s remarks.
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. 436.