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General John J. Pershing to George C. Marshall
May 26, 1936 [Washington, D.C.]
My dear Marshall:
Following up our discussion, I had a conversation here in Washington after my arrival and found that you are positively and definitely on the slate for September. I said that I, of course, realized that you would be, but wondered why it could not have been arranged for you to receive the first appointment instead of being grouped with a half a dozen others who would be senior to you in rank as they probably are ahead of you in the relative standing now. I doubt very much whether this will be done, but it is a possibility. In any event the others to be promoted at that time are so much older than you are that they will probably not stand very much in your way.1
I regret that the powers that be could not have seen their way to do this earlier, but with the number of years you have to serve I am sure that you are destined to hold a very high place on the list of general officers before you reach the age of sixty-four.
Please remember me to Mrs. Marshall, and with kindest regards, believe me, always,
Document Copy Text Source: John J. Pershing Papers, General Correspondence, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. The six men to be promoted on October 1 would he ranked as brigadier generals in the same order as their relative positions on the colonel’s promotion list. In the April 20, 1936 Army List and Directory, these men had the following list positions: George P. Tyner (#157 age 60); William H. Wilson (#179, age 58); Robert McC. Beck, Jr. (#223, age 57); Walter Krueger (#257, age 55); Asa L. Singleton (#258, age 60); George C. Marshall (#294, age 55).
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), pp. 492-493.