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General John J. Pershing to George C. Marshall
October 4, 1935 Paris, France
My dear Marshall,
. . . I have just received word that you are to be on the next list of Brigadier Generals to be promoted probably in December. The Chief had still intended to make you the Chief of Infantry, but as no one knows when the vacancy will occur, I told him that you would prefer to be in the line, and so it will be done, at least that is the plan at present. Of course we never know what may come up to change the plan, but I feel pretty certain that it is going to happen.1
With affectionate regards to Mrs. Marshall and the family,
Very sincerely yours,
John J. Pershing
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Illinois National Guard, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter signed.
1. Pershing had written to his friend John C. O’Laughlin—formerly a newspaper correspondent, an associate of President Theodore Roosevelt, and an official of the Republican National Committee (1933-34), and the publisher of the influential Army and Navy Journal— to ask that O’Laughlin “put in a good word” for Marshall with Chief of Staff MacArthur, if he found the opportunity. (Pershing to O’Laughlin, August 23, 1935, LC/J. J. Pershing Papers [General Correspondence].) O’Laughlin soon reported that he had spoken with MacArthur, and that the chief of staff thought that Marshall should wait until the chief of Infantry post became available. However, MacArthur agreed to recommend Marshall for promotion to brigadier general on the next list that was sent to Secretary of War Dern. (O’Laughlin to Pershing, September 16, 1935, ibid.)
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. 474-475.