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General John J. Pershing to George C. Marshall
October 6, 1927 [Paris, France]
My dear Marshall:
The sad news of Mrs. Marshall’s passing away was cabled me by Adamson.1 It occurred while we were in the midst of the week’s entertainment of the Legionnaires in Paris. I sent you a brief cable at the moment but it did not begin to express to you my feelings of sympathy at the great loss that has come to you and to your friends.
No one knows better than I what such a bereavement means, and my heart goes out to you very fully at this crisis in your life. It is at such moments that we realize that our reliance must be placed in the Father who rules over us all.2
Always affectionately yours,
Document Copy Text Source: John J. Pershing Papers, General Correspondence, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. Mrs. Marshall died of heart failure at Walter Reed Hospital on September 15.
2. In the early morning hours of August 27, 1915, a fire swept Pershing’s quarters at the Presidio of San Francisco, killing his wife and three daughters; only his son, Warren, survived. Pershing was in El Paso, Texas, at the time.
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. 315.