Headquarters, Third United States Army, Office of the Commanding General APO 403, February 10th, 1945.. 1945.. Very good. - A letter of commendation addressed to "The Surgeon, Third Army, APO 403, U.S. Army" mimeographed on 10-1/2 inch high by 8 inch wide creamy white paper. The letter, recognizing the actions of the medical corps, requests that the surgeon forwards General Patton's appreciation: "Please accept for yourself and pass on to the officers and men of your units the sincere appreciation and admiration of all the other elements of the Third Army for the work you have accomplished." Patton goes on to recognize the medical corps' "promptness and efficiency ... under extremely difficult conditions ... is evinced by the remarkably low death record in this Army." Patton requests that the Surgeon apprize "all units concerned of the contents of this letter". The commendation concludes with a mimeographed facsimile of General Patton's signature.
Mimeographed on the verso is the Medical Corps Surgeon Colonel Thomas D. Hurley's letter apprizing his staff of General Patton's commendation. Addressed to "All Officers, Nurses, and Men of Third U.S. Army Medical Units", the Surgeon informs his staff that "It is with a feeling of pride and gratification that I transmit to you the foregoing commendation of the Army Commander." He elaborates: "Your loyal, conscientious, untiring, and highly efficient efforts in caring for casualties among your comrades in arms has earned for you their everlasting gratitude." A red stamp indicating that the letter was received, initialed in pencil by one of the recipients, appears below the mimeographed facsimile of Colonel Hurley's signature. An annotation penciled near the bottom indicates that 163 copies were distributed.
There is a crease to the top right corner, a paperclip stain and punch holes along the top edge of Patton's letter.