Message from Marshall and King to Returning Personnel
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.
|GEORGE C. MARSHALL||ERNEST J. KING|
|Chief of Staff, U. S. Army||Commander-in-Chief, U. S. Fleet|
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 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
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