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To Herbert Bayard Swope1
May 10, 1943 [Washington, D.C.]
Dear Dr. Swope:
Thank you for your telegram.
There is little that we in Washington can do except to pick the right man for the job and back him up with every resource at our disposal. Eisenhower, Bradley, and Patton have done a grand job. Above all, General Eisenhower’s control and coordination of the troops of three nations in simultaneous ground, air, and naval operations constitutes the great contribution to the Allied war effort to date.
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. A journalist and policy consultant, Swope had been a consultant to the secretary of war since 1942. In a telegram congratulating Marshall on the victory in Tunisia, he said, “You have a share in Bizerte and Tunis that will not be forgotten.” (Swope to Marshall, May 8, 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. 686.