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To Major General Edmund L. Daley
February 14, 1940 [Washington, D.C.]
I reached Miami 4 hours and 30 minutes out from Borinquen, a record flight I believe.1 After a night in Miami, we left the next morning to beat the bad weather into Washington. It was fortunate that we did because today there is a blizzard, and you can barely see across the street, with the snow blowing almost horizontally.
My visit to Puerto Rico was satisfying and gratifying, and I was tremendously impressed by the highly efficient manner in which you had both developed the Department and met the emergencies of the situation. I have no comment to make except by way of congratulation and appreciation.
I think the opportunity to see what was happening there will prove very beneficial to me and helpful to the War Department, and I hope will be of direct service to you and your command. Certainly we will make every effort to see that you get all possible assistance.
I inquired this morning immediately on coming to the office about the money for the piece of land near your headquarters, and I am glad to tell you that it has just gone through successfully for $250,000.00 I believe. I have told them to notify you of this, and also of the amount of construction money that will be available to you out of the deficiency appropriation, so you will not be delayed in your preliminary planning.2
Again let me thank you for your fine hospitality, the lovely dinner, and all of the courtesy and consideration shown me.3
With my congratulations on your job, and my personal thanks, believe me
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. Borinquen Field was in western Puerto Rico, approximately one thousand miles from Miami, Florida.
2. On February 12, Congress appropriated $200,000 for eight hundred acres for a general depot and cantonment area and the enlargement of Camp Buchanan. The Emergency Supplemental Appropriation Act for 1940, also allocated $319,000 for Air Corps shelter construction. On June 29, 1940, Congress also appropriated $616,700 for the construction, rehabilitation, and installation of necessary buildings and utilities.
3. Daley wrote: “To the officers and men in the field, your presence was of incalculable morale value. To myself and my staff, you outlined definitely the position of Puerto Rico in the national defense and our task to prepare the Puerto Rican Department for its mission.” (Daley to Marshall, February 14, 1940, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, Selected].)
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), pp. 156-157.