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Radio Statement by General Marshall on the Fourth War Loan Drive1
January 31, 1944 [Washington, D.C.]
My message tonight concerns every man and woman in America. We are approaching the most critical period of the war, a period in which the price of success demands the overwhelming support of the American people for our troops overseas in the great operations now pending.
The Fifth Army in Italy has dislocated the Nazi strategy by a daring operation against the hostile flank and rear. Our troops in the Pacific are stepping up the succession of operations which are now rapidly boring in on the Japanese lines of communication. Out of Great Britain and Italy our airmen are striking mighty blows at the heart of Germany. Our planes are sinking Japanese ships in the China Sea and wrecking their harbors and war-making facilities along the South China coast.
Enormous stores of guns, planes, vehicles, munitions, fuel, landing craft and equipment of every sort are now being assembled at bases all over the world to reenforce and to maintain these military operations. It is the job, it is the plain duty of all of us on the home front, to give without stint, with a proper sense of humility, in support of men who are dying in the terrible battles they fight for us, safe at home.
I think you should know that the troops set for us a patriotic example in the purchases of War Bonds. Army personnel have purchased $342,000,000 worth of bonds through allotments of their slender pay. How many millions of bonds have been purchased with cash, we do not know, but it is probably a still larger amount.
To a soldier, a War Bond is something more than a means of saving his money. It is an assurance that the guns and supplies on which his life depends will keep coming. By purchasing bonds he shows his faith in the future, which he is fighting to guarantee at the hazard of his life. What is your feeling in the matter, here in the United States, safe and comfortable in your own homes?
Responsibility for America’s future rests equally on every man and woman. We face crucial months when the earnest devotion of the entire nation will be required to meet the approaching ordeals and to overcome the enemy. The troops must feel certain of your unstinted and unselfish support throughout the great struggle that lies just ahead. The knowledge that the home front is solidly backing the Fourth War Loan Drive will be a tremendous encouragement to our men overseas.
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, Speeches, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed draft.
1. General Marshall presented this statement over the C.B.S. network at 8:00 P.M.
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), pp. 259-260.