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To General Dwight D. Eisenhower
December , 1944 [Washington, D.C.]
This note carries my Christmas greetings to you with sincere expressions of personal appreciation for the magnificent job you have done for the Allies and for the prestige and glory of America and the United States Army during the past year. Largely through your leadership, in force, in wisdom, and in patience and tolerance, you have made possible Allied cooperation and teamwork in the greatest military operation in the history of the world, complicated by social, economic and political problems almost without precedent.
Good luck to you in the New Year. May the Lord watch over you. You have my complete confidence.1
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. Eisenhower replied on December 23: “Receipt of your Christmas letter to me was the brightest spot in my existence since we reached the Siegfried Line. Short of a major defeat inflicted upon the enemy, I could not have had a better personal present.” (Papers of DDE, 4: 2378.)
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. 698-699.