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From Lieutenant General John E. Hull
November 26, 1945 [Washington, D.C.]
My dear General:
Now that you are leaving the office of Chief of Staff of the Army I wish to express upon my own behalf and upon the behalf of the officers of the Operations Division our deep and sincere regret that you are leaving that office.
At the same time, I feel that I cannot let the opportunity pass without expressing to you our appreciation for your guidance and loyalty to those of us who have been members of your staff. Loyalty goes both ways, up and down. Loyalty to one’s superior is expected and is accepted without question in our service. Loyalty downward is not found in all people. You have demonstrated it to an outstanding degree.
By your method of delegating responsibility, encouraging complete freedom of thought, and placing confidence in your subordinates you have made service under you such as to bring out the very best that the officers so serving could produce. Although we regret your leaving, we look back on our service under you as an experience of great benefit to us individually and collectively. It has been an honor and privilege to have been associated with you.
I know I speak for all of those in this division in wishing you many years of happiness and I hope that you will still be willing to give us the benefit of your guidance and advice as has been your custom in the past.
J. E. Hull
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, Categorical Materials, Resignation Tributes, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter signed.
Recommended Citation: ThePapers 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. 5, “The Finest Soldier,” January 1, 1945-January 7, 1947 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003), pp. 364-365.