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To Brigadier General John L. De Witt1
April 7, 1934 [Chicago, Illinois]
Dear De Witt:
I have waited until the flood of congratulations has somewhat subsided before telling you how greatly pleased I am to see that your fine services have been recognized by passing you on to the list of General officers of the line. My only regret is that they did not do this while you were still Quartermaster General, in order that more promptly you might have been advanced to the grade of Major General.
I was so familiar with what you did in France and fairly well informed as to your services in the War Plans Division later on, that it always seemed to me you had done more and received less recognition than almost any other officer in the Army. Your possible competitor in this class, in my opinion, was General John McA. Palmer. I always felt that to retire him as a Brigadier General was a tragic bit of ingratitude.
Now, I hope in a very short time you will have a Corps Area where you know so well what there is to be done and how to do it.
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Illinois National Guard, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. De Witt had been quartermaster general of the army from February 3, 1930, to February 2, 1934. He was promoted to brigadier general on March 26, 1934, and given command of the First Division’s First Brigade.
Recommended Citation: The Papers 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. 1, “The Soldierly Spirit,” December 1880-June 1939 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1981), pp. 424-425.