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To Brigadier General George B. Hunter1
June 26, 1942 Telegram [Washington, D.C.]
I have had so many reports of extreme difficulties, serious delays and added expense resulting from customs inspection of household effects of families of officers returning from Panama that I wish to take this up with the Secretary of the Treasury personally. Send me an immediate report of what you know in the matter. I hear of women with children landing in Tampa with trunks going to New Orleans and being delayed as much as two months. It seems to me that such action at this time has an inevitable impression seriously affecting morale.2
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, Selected Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed telegram.
1. Hunter (U.S.M.A., 1904) was commanding general of the New Orleans Port of Embarkation.
2. The editors have not found a reply.
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. 252.