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Statement on the Retirement of General Malin Craig
August 31, 1939 [Washington, D.C.]
General Craig leaves the Army in a state of efficiency as to morale, equipment, and training never before approximated in time of peace. He carries with him into retirement the loyal devotion of the officers of the Army and of the men in the ranks who had an opportunity to know him. And I do not believe anyone can dispute the statement that he is largely responsible for the unprecedented feeling of confidence which the public now has in the War Department.
Throughout his service he has been conspicuous for the positions of great responsibility which he has filled with uniform efficiency, and even more conspicuous for the self-effacing modesty with which he has always carried himself. It is a difficult task to follow in his footsteps, and I am keenly aware of the problems which will confront me and the obligations of the position I am about to assume.
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, Speeches, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed draft.
Recommended Citation: The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, ed. Larry I. Bland, Sharon Ritenour Stevens, and Clarence E. Wunderlin, Jr. (Lexington, Va.: The George C. Marshall Foundation, 1981- ). Electronic version based on The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, vol. 2, “We Cannot Delay,” July 1, 1939-December 6, 1941 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1986), pp. 43-44.