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To Field Marshal Sir John Dill
February 20, 1943 [Washington, D.C.]
I have just read your note of February nineteenth with your gracious comments on the American officers with whom you came in contact on your travels. Thank you for writing as you did. I intend to see that the terms of your appreciation are made known to the principal individuals concerned.1
I must say that your contribution to the problem of Allied cooperation is one of the most important factors that enables us to meet the various issues that are constantly arising.
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, Selected Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. Dill’s letter read: “I want to let you know how every single American officer whom I met on my long journey showed me the greatest possible kindness. I felt the whole time that I was among friends—very kind friends. What a gift of friendship Americans have! I was a complete stranger to many of them and yet at once they made me feel at home. I need not say how deeply grateful I am to them all.” (Dill to Marshall, February 19, 1943, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, Selected].)
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. 558.