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Memorandum for the President
September 9, 1941 [Washington, D.C.]
The following extract from a personal letter from General MacArthur to me may be of interest to you:
“The Philippine Army units that have been called are now (August 30) mobilizing in a most satisfactory manner and the whole program is progressing by leaps and bounds. President Roosevelt’s proclamation had a most momentous effect throughout the Far East.1 Locally it changed a feeling of defeatism to the highest state of morale I have ever seen. It was hailed with the utmost enthusiasm by all classes. You, Secretary Stimson, and the President may congratulate yourselves on the excellent timing of the action.
“I wish to express my personal appreciation for the splendid support that you and the entire War Department have given me along every line since the formation of this command. With such backing the development of a completely adequate defense force will be rapid.”
By commercial vessels from San Francisco on August 26th and September 8th, the following personnel and materiel have been shipped to Manila:
One antiaircraft regiment
One tank battalion (less one company) with 50 tanks
Fifty latest model P-forty pursuit planes, along
with ammunition, and some other items of materiel.
The departure of the Flying Fortress squadron from Hawaii was delayed because of the run-way at Wake Island. It is now en route and arrived at New Britain this morning. It should be in Manila tomorrow, or the next day.
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. Roosevelt’s military order of July 26, 1941, called the military of the Commonwealth of the Philippines into federal service. (Code of Federal Regulations, 1941 Supplement [Washington: GPO, 1942], p. 350.)
Recommended Citation: The Papers 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), pp. 604-605.