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To Brigadier General Arnold N. Krogstad1
February 26, 1943 [Washington, D.C.]
My dear Krogstad:
Colonel Young told me of the arrangements you made for General McNarney and him in a penthouse, I believe he called it, on one of the leased hotels in Miami, and he said that he had spoken to you about the possibility of my slipping down there for a brief rest if it could be managed quietly.
I have been trying to get away for a few days since my return from Africa but as yet have not been able to manage it. However, there is some possibility that along about the seventh or eighth of March I might find the opportunity. If so I would take Mrs. Marshall with me as she is slowly convalescing from a very violent assault of flu. We would fly down.
Do you think it would be possible to have us put up there quietly without my becoming involved in publicity and consequent pressures? I probably would make some local air inspections about Florida at some time during my stay but what I want is to loaf without engagements or responsibility of any kind, and to get some hot sun and some sea bathing.
Please send me a note of what the possibilities are, but you understand that my movements are always very uncertain up to almost the last hour.2
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, General Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. Krogstad (U.S.M.A., 1909) was commanding general of the Fifth Army Air Forces Technical Training Command, Miami Beach, Florida.
2. The Marshalls flew to Miami on March 7 and returned March 14.
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. 567-568.