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To General Dwight D. Eisenhower
December 30, 1943 [Radio No. 5997] Washington, D.C.
For Eisenhower’s Eyes Only from Marshall.
Delighted you are coming home. Will arrange for any trip or travel you desire and will make tentative preparations on basis of complete secrecy as to your presence here.
I am having Colonel McCarthy see Mrs. Eisenhower personally to explain prospects and possibilities and necessity for secrecy. She will be able to travel by plane with you wherever you may go in this country. We shall get her suggestions as to the most restful program. I think that if arrangeable matters should be handled on the basis of as much secrecy as possible until just before you leave Washington en route to England. If your trip west is to be immediately after a night’s rest in Washington we can have comfortable plane with sleeper berths ready for you and Mrs. Eisenhower.1
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. Eisenhower replied, in part, that he would like to visit his family in Kansas. “I doubt that Mrs. Eisenhower would want to go because of her extreme aversion to air travel.” (Papers of DDE, 3: 1646.) For more on Eisenhower’s visit, see Marshall Memorandum for the President, January 4, 1944, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #4-197 [4: 232].
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. 220-221.