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To John J. McCloy
March 31,  [Washington, D.C.]
I don’t want your birthday to pass without a personal note of congratulations and best wishes from me. Your recent trip to North Africa has borne fine fruit in many ways. You have been a tower of strength in many problems of the Japanese civilian situation both on the West Coast and in Hawaii, the racial problems and the current issue of civil relations. In all you have been my strong ally in our joint effort to organize and fight the Army.
Although I know you personally would much prefer active duty overseas, you are doing things of great importance to the Army, and I feel sure that the opportunity for active service will come to you in time. Incidentally, you did a more active reconnaissance in Tunisia than any of our observers to date.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. For information regarding Assistant Secretary of War McCloy’s tour of the Tunisian front, see Marshall Memorandum for Field Marshal Sir John Dill, March 20, 1943, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #3-561 [3: 597-98].
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. 623.