The Secretary of War ( Stimson ) to the Acting Secretary of State

Dear Mr. Secretary: I have received your letter of February 26, 1944 containing suggestions for improving the degree of cooperation now existing between military commanders and representatives of the State Department in the field.

I have been under the impression that in most cases, the relationships in the field have been excellent and the assistance received by military commanders from Embassies, Legations or other State Department agencies, has been invaluable. However, I can appreciate that there may have been isolated instances of misunderstanding and in order to assure that the matter receives thorough consideration with a view to the possible implementation of your suggestions, I have referred your letter to the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

I appreciate your bringing this matter to my attention and wish to assure you that subject to military considerations every effort has been and will continue to be made to bring about the highest degree of coordination possible between representatives of our two Departments.

Sincerely yours,

Henry L. Stimson