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Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorandum for
the Secretary of War
May 24, 1935 Washington, D.C.
General Pershing asks very strongly that Colonel George C. Marshall (Infantry) be promoted to Brigadier.
Can we put him on list of next promotions?1 He is fifty-four years old.
F. D. R.
Document Copy Text Source: Franklin D. Roosevelt Papers, PPF 1604, Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, Hyde Park, New York.
Document Format: Typed memorandum signed.
1. Marshall’s name was not placed on the list of next promotions. In a letter thanking General Pershing for mentioning his name to the president, Marshall lamented: “I can but wait—grow older—and hope for a more favorable situation in Washington." (Marshall to Pershing, June 10, 1935, LC/J. J. Pershing Papers [General Correspondence].)
Recommended Citation: The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, ed. Larry I. Bland and Sharon Ritenour Stevens (Lexington, Va.: The George C. Marshall Foundation, 1981- ). Electronic version based on The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, vol. 1, “The Soldierly Spirit,” December 1880-June 1939 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1981), p. 468.