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To Major General George S. Patton, Jr.
January 23, 1943 [Casablanca, Morocco]
The manner in which your headquarters handled arrangements regarding security, guard, provision of housing, food, transportation, signal communications, and many other details connected with our conferences at Casablanca, was outstanding, and I wish to congratulate you upon the performance of your officers and enlisted men.1
Thank you for the great amount of personal entertaining which you did. Since it was impossible to secure private dining accommodations at the hotel, your lunches and dinners provided opportunity for informal discussions which otherwise would not have been held at all.
The British and American representatives appreciate your efforts in their behalf. I personally hope that you will extend my thanks to Colonel Johnson, who commanded the Guard Battalion, Colonel Harkins, Captain Jenssen, Lieutenant Murnane, Lieutenant O’Keeffe, Sergeant Mims, and all the others who contributed to my personal comfort, as well as to all ranks and files who played a part in making the conferences possible.
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. This document is one of a group of thank-you notes Marshall sent out at the end of the conference.
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. 518.