This morale-building telegram from 1942 reads, "To the men and women of the Perfect Circle Company: On this sacred day of our Lord we, the soldiers on the firing line, give thanks to the soldiers on the production line for the sinews of war that make our victory possible. We are dedicating this Christmas day to the defeat of our enemies -- yes, this Christmas day, the day after and everyday thereafter until we establish peace on earth and good will to men. MacArthur."
Perfect Circle, of Hagerstown, Indiana, manufactured piston rings and other machine parts for the war effort. In December 1942, General Douglas MacArthur was based in Australia, the headquarters for his command of Allied forces in the South-West Pacific.