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To Juan T. Trippe1
July 6, 1939 [Washington, D.C.]
My dear Mr. Trippe:
I have you to thank, I think, for the very generous and gracious treatment accorded me and the officers with me in Brazil, and also for your message of service which was received by me and passed on to General Monteiro on our way to Langley Field.
One reason I am particularly glad I was chosen to go to Brazil was the opportunity to see something of the splendid plant that was being operated by your Company. I want to tell you very frankly that I consider this of great importance to the general program of national defense for this country and for the western hemisphere as a whole.2
I hope you will let me know when you are in Washington because I will enjoy another opportunity to talk things over with you.
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, General Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. Juan T. Trippe, a veteran of the naval aviation service during the World War, had been president of Pan American Airways since 1927.
2. Pan American, the world’s largest international airline at this time, had acquired numerous landing fields and other facilities (i.e., “plant”) in Brazil since the early 1930s. The company’s airfields were not satisfactory for military use. However, the war Department was anxious over the extent of influence of German and Italian interests in the South American aviation industry, and had, as early as May 1938, advocated “the backing of American-owned commercial aviation interests in Latin America.” Other objectives included the development of airfields with military capabilities and the preparation of these for air operations once hostilities broke out. (Stetson Conn and Byron Fairchild, The Framework of Hemisphere Defense, a volume in the United States Army in World War II [Washington: GPO, 1960], pp. 174, 238.)
Recommended Citation: ThePapers of George Catlett Marshall, ed.Larry I. Bland, Sharon Ritenour Stevens, and Clarence E. Wunderlin, Jr.(Lexington, Va.: The George C. Marshall Foundation, 1981- ). Electronic version based on The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, vol. 2, “We Cannot Delay,” July 1, 1939-December 6, 1941 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1986), p. 6.