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To Admiral Harold R. Stark
March 12, 1942 [Washington, D.C.]
I have been laid up for a couple of days as a precaution against `flu and, therefore, received your memorandum of March 11th out here at the house.1
The comments you make regarding our association touched me deeply and will make an enduring impression upon my recollections of our association during the past two years through the trials and tribulations of preparing a democracy for war. I cannot tell you how much I regret your departure and how keenly I know I am going to miss your presence in the Navy Department. I have always felt that the intimacy and loyalty of our relationship was the greatest source of reassurance in our struggles of the past year.
I have not had an opportunity to find out your plans.2 As soon as I get back to the office I want to see you and break bread with you.
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, Selected Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. The editors have not found Stark’s memorandum.
2. Stark assumed command of United States Naval Forces in Europe with headquarters in London.
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. 3, “The Right Man for the Job,” December 7, 1941-May 31, 1943 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991), p. 131.