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To Major James J. Winn
December 16, 1941 [Washington, D.C.]
Personal and Confidential
This is just a hasty note. Katherine has been worrying about Molly, of course, reading of Panama black-outs and thinking about the feeding of the baby.1 I merely want to tell you that if you think Molly and the baby should be gotten out of there, there is no problem here, only a possibly over enthusiastic welcome.
Of course, once Molly is up here she will not be allowed to go back. Also, and most confidentially, I do not know when we will start the evacuation of dependents from Panama; as yet General Andrews has not made any recommendations. We are of course starting the evacuation from Hawaii. It is quite possible that such action may be taken in Panama, though this is not certain.2
I pass this all on for your own private information.
Document Copy Text Source: Research File, Family Folder, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. Winn was post adjutant of Fort William B. Davis, which guarded the Gatun Locks near the Atlantic entrance to the Panama Canal. He had married Mrs. Marshall’s daughter Molly; their son, James, Jr., had been born November 7.
2. Lieutenant General Frank M. Andrews was commanding general of the Caribbean Defense Command and the Panama Canal Department. On January 3, 1942, he announced plans to evacuate the families of military personnel.
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. 21.