4-176 To Mrs. Edward R. Stettinius, December 23, 1943

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: December 23, 1943

Subject: World War II

To Mrs. Edward R. Stettinius

December 23, [1943] [Washington, D.C.]

My dear Virginia,

At a dinner for me in Honolulu Admiral Nimitz autographed a place card to Joe and Wallace.1 General Holland Smith autographed his card for Wallace, having heard of the latter’s marine proclivities. Smith was the commander of the operation at Tarawa.2


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. Edward R. Stettinius, Jr., had become under secretary of state on October 4, 1943. His twin sons were ten years old.

2. Major General Holland M. Smith, one of the developers of the Marine Corps’ new amphibious doctrine and equipment, was commander of the Fifth Amphibious Force. He had helped to plan the Second Marine Division’s assault on Tarawa atoll in the Gilbert Islands, November 20-28, the first of the Central Pacific operations.

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. 4, “Aggressive and Determined Leadership,” June 1, 1943-December 31, 1944 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996), p. 205.

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