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To Major General Daniel Van Voorhis
June 20, 1940 Radio No. 1. [Washington, D.C.]
Fleet may be ordered to Atlantic stop Possibility of attempt at sabotage of canal anticipated stop Continue present precautions accordingly stop acknowledge1
Document Copy Text Source: Records of the War Department General and Special Staffs (RG 165), Records of the War Plans Division (WPD), 4326, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland
Document Format: Handwritten radio message signed.
1. On June 17, the War Plans Division sent a radio message directing that Van Voorhis “quietly but immediately take every possible precaution against surprise action, naval, air or sabotage which may be intended to put the Canal out of commission. Your air component and antiaircraft forces must be in state of preparedness for action at any hour.” (Brigadier General George V. Strong Memorandum for The Adjutant General, June 17, 1940, NA/RG 165 [WPD, 4326].) For a further explanation of this alert, see Marshall to Herron, August 28, 1940, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #2-249 [2: 296-97].
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. 250.