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To Major General Homer M. Groninger
August 21, 1945 [Washington, D.C.]
My dear Groninger:
I had planned to see you at the Brooklyn Base before your departure for San Francisco.1 As a matter of fact, I did not know that the change was contemplated until I learnt that you had already reached San Francisco.
I wanted to go over the Brooklyn Base with you and also I wished for the opportunity to tell you personally what a perfect job I think you did. The truth of the matter was that I was so certain of the efficient operation of your installation that I never got around to visiting it, and as a result I merely paid you the compliment of complete confidence in how you were handling your job.
I am writing this note to make sure that you know that your work in the East was fully appreciated by me, and that in my opinion it was of the highest order of efficiency. I also want you to know that a citation for the immediate award to you of the Distinguished Service Medal is in preparation.
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. Groninger had commanded the New York Port of Embarkation between November 7, 1940, and June 30, 1945. He took command of the San Francisco Port of Embarkation on July 4.
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. 5, “The Finest Soldier,” January 1, 1945-January 7, 1947 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003), pp. 283-284.