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To Brigadier General Charles H. Corlett1
October 6, 1941 [Washington, D.C.]
I received your note of thanks regarding your appointment. There were no thanks due me; you owe your promotion entirely to your record. I knew nothing of you other than the fact that you were on the list of five submitted by the Office of the Chief of Infantry, and what was far more important to my mind, four different officials endeavored to get your services for important posts. The last determined me on your selection at this particular time.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. Corlett (U.S.M.A., 1913), former chief of staff of the Ninth Army Corps, had been promoted to brigadier general effective September 30, 1941, and given command of the army base at Kodiak, Alaska.
2. This letter is typical of numerous responses by the chief of staff to letters thanking him for promotions or assignments. See Marshall to Patton, July 19, 1940, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #2-226 [2: 272].
Recommended Citation: ThePapers 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), p. 631.