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To General Douglas MacArthur
December 23, 1943 Radio Washington, D.C.
Personal from Marshall for MacArthur.
I arrived in Washington late last night and on resuming business here this morning I wish first to express my appreciation for the reception you gave me in the Southwest Pacific and of the admirable organization and fighting force you have under development there. I was greatly impressed by all that I saw. Already this morning I have talked to Arnold about some of the air matters and probably will have a little encouraging news for you in a few days.1
All good things to you and your command in the new year.
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, Selected Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed radio message.
1. MacArthur later stated that after this message “Washington became more generous” to the Southwest Pacific Area. (MacArthur, Reminiscences, p. 184.) On December 30, Marshall stated: “I am told today that we are endeavoring to arrange with the Navy for carrier on West Coast January 20th to transport 50 P-38 pursuit planes to you, these to be additional to normal pursuit plane program. Further, that pursuit plane reserve for your theater is being increased by 20 per cent. I am also told that steps are being taken to bring up your Third Bomber Group to full strength.” (Marshall to MacArthur, Radio, December 30, 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. 4, “Aggressive and Determined Leadership,” June 1, 1943-December 31, 1944 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996), p. 201.