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To Mrs. Warren W. Harvey
December 24,  [Washington, D.C.]
My dear Mrs. Harvey,
I received your Christmas card with its gracious note expressing your appreciation for the “wonderful Thanksgiving dinner” which your husband enjoyed in New Guinea. It is a great reassurance to me to feel that the efforts of the War Department to serve and support our soldiers all over the world have been reasonably successful, but more particularly that they are so generously appreciated as indicated in your note.
It might interest you to know that a recent V-mail letter1 from my stepson was entirely devoted to the turkey, cranberry sauce, and mashed potatoes that he had enjoyed with the Army in Italy.
I have just seen our men in New Guinea and knowing the difficult conditions under which they labor to carry forward the desires of the American people I am gratified to learn that your husband had at least one fine, or “full” day.
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. V-mail was a system whereby letters to and from service personnel overseas were written on a special form which was then microfilmed by an automatic camera; the film was sent abroad to a similar production center where a photograph of the original letter was produced and distributed. The first V-mail letters arrived in the United States on June 12, 1942, and the first shipment overseas was made five days later. (New York Times, July 5, 1942, sec. 4, p. 9.)
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), pp. 207-208.