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To Major General Henry H. Arnold1
July 7, 1939 [Washington, D.C.]
My dear Arnold:
Yesterday I met General Monteiro, of the Brazilian Army, and his officers on their arrival at Bolling Field, completing their circular tour of the United States by air.2 This long flight was carried out on schedule without a single untoward incident. To my mind it is evidence of the high efficiency with which the Air Corps now operates, and I would appreciate your thanking the officers concerned for the splendid manner in which they performed their duties.
I also wish to comment on the program of Air demonstrations, honors, and entertainments provided for the Brazilian Mission at the Air Corps stations visited. In every respect these programs were most impressive, were beautifully carried out, and made a profound impression on General Monteiro and his officers. I have written direct to the various commanders concerned, but I would appreciate your conveying to them and their officers the formal appreciation of the War Department, and my personal thanks.
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. Arnold had been chief of the Air corps since September 1938.
2. The defense of Brazil, particularly of its northeastern bulge, had assumed a high priority in the war Department’s planning. The official history of United States Army-Latin American military relations is Conn and Fairchild, Framework of Hemisphere Defense. Documents on Marshall’s tour of Brazil are in Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #1-575-#1-578 [1: 715-20]. To repay Brazilian Army Chief of Staff General Pedro Aurelio de G