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To Allen T. Brown
January 7, 1942 [Washington, D.C.]
Thanks for your letter with birthday congratulations. I appreciate your writing and all the pleasant things you had to say.
Clifton has passed his Army physical and reports for duty at eight A.M. tomorrow.1 He will be sent immediately to Camp Meade to a reception center, and then within a week will probably be ordered to Camp Eustis, Virginia—an anti-aircraft training center about forty miles from Newport News in the direction of Richmond.
Your mother seems to have recovered from the ribs smash, but is still carrying the remnants of a bad cold. She had forty Army and Navy women and wives of heads of Departments for Tea yesterday afternoon in connection with the Soldiers and Sailors Club.2 Later she went to the Club to participate in a reception to newspaper women, so her day was pretty strenuous and mine was too, and we turned in at nine o’clock. After we breakfast at seven and the office at seven forty-five, that is not so “early” after all.
With my love to you and Madge,
P.S. Molly is to leave Panama earlier than anticipated, almost immediately according to her letter, though a great deal of it had been censored. She plans to come into New Orleans, and your mother has sent warm clothes to Colonel Kemper Williams there,3 to outfit her and he will look after plans for her to stop briefly with Jim’s mother and then come north.
Document Copy Text Source: Research File, Family Folder, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. Allen and Clifton Brown were Mrs. Marshall’s sons.
2. On October 23 Mrs. Marshall fell at home and broke four ribs. (See Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #2-584 [2: 653-54].) She was a member of the Woman’s Army and Navy League, sponsor of the Soldiers, Sailors and Marines Club in downtown Washington.
3. Marshall had been acquainted with L. Kemper Williams for many years. Williams was a New Orleans lumber manufacturer, colonel of the 347th Infantry (Reserve), and former national president of the Reserve Officers’ Association (1931-34).
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), pp. 48-49.