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To General Dwight D. Eisenhower
September 8, 1944 Radio Washington, D.C.
Personal for Eisenhower from Marshall.
At your convenience repeat your convenience, please have someone make a tour of the U.S. cemeteries and memorials and prepare a report on the condition in which they have been found. If by chance you already have this knowledge and it is favorable you might radio it in your name to General Pershing, to arrive on his birthday September 12th.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 sent Pershing birthday greetings that included the following: “I am happy to report to you that our first hasty surveys of American battle monuments and cemeteries, constructed under your personal supervision, indicate that they are intact and undamaged. Specific reports will be sent you as they can be completed.” (Papers of DDE, 4: 2131.) In the late 1920s, Eisenhower had served under Pershing in the offices of the American Battle Monuments Commission.
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. 577.