Message from Marshall and King to Returning Personnel

15 May 1943

ww2dbaseAlways Remember!

CARELESS WORDS CAN BE FITTED TOGETHER
BY SPIES TO REVEAL MORE THAN
YOU MEAN TO TELL.

Washington, D. C.
May 15, 1943


To: All Returning Personnel.

The war goes on and you're still in it. SPIES ARE EVERYWHERE. So remember, a careless word by yourself, your family or a friend may cost the lives of Americans thousands of miles away.

CARELESS WORDS ALREADY HAVE COST TOO MANY LIVES

Keep Military Secrets to Yourself.

[signed][signed]
GEORGE C. MARSHALLERNEST J. KING
Chief of Staff, U. S. ArmyCommander-in-Chief, U. S. Fleet





DON'T REVEAL THE FOLLOWING


DON'T tell the name of ships.
DON'T tell locations or names of airfields.
DON'T tell locations of organizations overseas.
DON'T tell the station or assignment of individuals.

DON'T discuss the size or routes of convoys.
DON'T discuss sailing points or destinations.
DON'T discuss airplane routes.
DON'T discuss our weapons or airplanes or tactics.
DON'T discuss instruments of any kind.

YOU MAY TALK OF THE FOLLOWING


You MAY mention the cities and places visited if they are generally known.

You MAY tell personal experiences if exact locations and the designation and size of units are not mentioned.

You MAY discuss anything seen in motion pictures, read in newspapers, or heard over the radio. ww2dbase



Source: United States Marine Corps
Added By: C. Peter Chen

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