Merry Christmas from Harry S. Truman in 1948


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To The Men and Women of the Berlin Airlift

This visit to Germany by Vice President elect Barkley affords me an ideal opportunity to express to you who are engaged in the Berlin airlift my deep appreciation of your outstanding service.

The Berlin Airlift, under the direction of our Air Force, is an achievement of historic and far-reaching significance, by the joint efforts of our Army, Navy, and Air Force, together with the forces of Great Britian and France, It expresses the unity of the Western nations in the cause of peace.

Operation Vittles has assured the world of our faith in our ideals.  We are grateful to all of you who have made this possible.

At the Christmas Season the American people are thinking of you and your loved ones.  On their behalf, I again wish you a very Merry Christmas.

December 21, 1948

Harry S. Truman