Armistice Day Dinner, 1942. [Hand written across the cover: 126 miles SSW of Farallon Is. Lt Calif. - Farallon Island Lighthouse, near San Francisco, approximately 27 miles outside of the Golden Gate.]
Remembering November 11, 1918: Twenty four years ago today; in the memory of many of us, an Armistice ending hostilities of World War I was signed. The joy with which the news of that Armistice was received beggars description. - Today we are plunged into another war of far greater proportions; of a scale and magnitude which staggers the imagination. - Much has been said and written on the political - social -economic reasons for the war and possible results of victory or defeat for us. Whatever the causes of the war, or the results of a defeat for us, it does not require any great feat of imagination to grasp the enormity of the disaster of failure. - We must never lose sight of the fact that our enemies are waging ruthless and relentless warfare against us, with no restraining rules, no punches pulled and no holds barred. They are capable of doing so because for better than a generation they have had burned into their souls the determination and will to win, whatever the methods. In their estimation, considerations of humanity and regards for rights of others are signs of weakness in character and decay of political order. - There is only one way to combat such an enemy and that is to be equally fanatical, ruthless and relentless in our war effort. We must develope in ourselves a stronger will to win than that which possesses our enemy. - How can we do this? Easy. We must forfeit all considerations for personal comfort and convenience, and live, breathe, sleep and dream only on an intensely burning desire to expend our utmost strength in our assigned tasks in this war. Until each one of us truly develops an unbeatable will to win, then and then only will our war effort reach its peak. And do not forget for one moment that anything short of that peak will come perilously close to failure.