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To the Secretary of War
June 21, 1939 Washington, D.C.
Dear Mr. Secretary:
In compliance with your instructions, my staff and I boarded the U.S.S. “Nashville,” Captain W. W. Wilson commanding, in the Hudson River at New York City on May 10th last, and sailed that day for Brazil. Leaving Rio de Janeiro on June 7th, and Recife, the last Brazilian port of call, on June 10th, my staff and I returned on the “Nashville,” disembarking at Annapolis on June 20th. General Goes Monteiro, Chief of Staff of the Brazilian Army, and a staff of five accompanied me on the return journey from Rio de Janeiro.
Throughout the period spent on the “Nashville” Captain Wilson surrounded my officers and me with every possible courtesy and consideration, placing at our disposal every administrative and recreational facility available in his ship, and contributing through informal lectures by himself and his officers to a better understanding of the problems of the two services.
The fine impression created by the officers and the conduct of the men ashore in Rio de Janeiro reflected the greatest credit on both the ship and the Naval Service, and were borne out by the high morale exhibited by every individual in the execution of his daily duties at sea.
I would appreciate having the Secretary of the Navy advised of our appreciation of the unfailing courtesy and consideration shown by the Commanding officer of the “Nashville,“ and by his officers and men, which reflected their high morale and fine appearance.
G. C. Marshall
Document Copy Text Source: Records of the Adjutant General’s Office 1917- (RG 407), 210.482, Brazil [6-21-39], National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.
Document Format: Typed letter signed.
Recommended Citation: The Papers 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. 1, “The Soldierly Spirit,” December 1880-June 1939 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1981), p. 720.