As part of the George C. Marshall Legacy Series sequence The World Wars, the Marshall Museum will feature “Marshall’s Men,” a display of items from battlefield leaders in World War II and other individuals who served under Marshall. Staff will be on hand to answer questions during the event that runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 17, 2017.
George C. Marshall’s years at Fort Benning (1927-1932) produced 50 officers who would serve as instructors there, 150 future generals, and hundreds of future field officers. Several came to be known as “Marshall’s Men.” In 1941, when Army Chief of Staff Marshall needed commanders, he knew whom to select.
Some of “Marshall’s Men” presented items to General Marshall or to the Marshall Foundation, which will be on display.
Marshall was also known as a generous man, and would give his staff personal mementos during their time working together. These men included assistants, orderlies, and chauffeurs. Some of these men have returned these items to the Marshall Foundation in honor of Marshall.
Some of the Marshall Museum collection items included in the event are:
- Benito Mussolini’s steel and gold broadsword presented as a war trophy to General Marshall from General Lucian K. Truscott.
- A 1945 portrait of General Lucian K. Truscott by celebrated Polish artist Jan Boleslaw Czedekowski.
- Producer Frank McCarthy’s 1970 “Best Picture” Academy Award for Patton. Guests at the event will have a rare chance to hold and get their picture taken with the Oscar.
- Items loaned for the event by the family of General James Van Fleet and close friend General Matthew B. Ridgway.
- General of the Army and General of the Air Force Henry “Hap” Arnold’s wallet and contents donated in 1964 after the
Marshall Foundation dedication.
Reservations are required and can be made by calling Leigh McFaddin at 540-463-7103, ext. 138 or by email to email@example.com. Members and students are free; non-members will pay $15 at the door.