After Pearl Harbor, Clark Gable and Carole Lombard were scared, like most Americans, and felt they should do something for their country. They wasted no time in sending President Roosevelt a letter and telling him of their willingness to help in any way, shape or form.

On December 16, 1941, he wrote them the following letter:

clark gable carole lombard letter franklin roosevelt

Dear Carole and Clark Gable:

Many, many thanks for your fine letter of December tenth. It is most encouraging to have this pledge of loyal support, as well as the assurance of your desire to be of service in this time of grave crisis.

For the present, at least, I think you can both render the very highest service to the nation by continuing your professional activities. In contributing your superb talents to the production of iinspirationaland patriotic pictures you will help maintain the spirit and morale of the nation. Such a contribution, always of incalculable value, is indispensable at this time.

Very sincerely yours,

Franklin D. Roosevelt

 

Sadly, exactly a month later Carole Lombard would lose her life for her country.