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To Colonel A. D. Smith1
October 27, 1943 [Washington, D.C.]
In accordance with your radio request, the 1st Provisional Bomb Flight will, in the near future, be withdrawn from Greenland.
Your action in requesting that your theater strength be reduced is most gratifying. It has seldom been the case in this war that our commanders in the field propose giving up any unit. The release of the 1st Provisional Bomb Flight for reassignment is evidence of your fine understanding of the problems involved in fighting a global war.
In view of your efforts in furthering our war effort and in helping to alleviate the manpower shortage in the United States, I am extending to you my personal thanks and commendation for your action.
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. Smith was commanding officer of the Greenland Base Command.
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. 168-169.