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To Brigadier General John W. Gulick
September 28, 1938 [Washington, D.C.]
Just read the announcement of the orders for your approaching retirement.
I am very sorry to see you leave the active list. Personally sorry that this should occur without further promotion for you; and officially regretful because I have always felt that you had one of the wisest military heads in the Army. I have heard many fine things regarding you since the time when you were a captain, and especially covering the very difficult period when you were Executive Officer of the Bureau of the National Guard. This last, I regarded as something of a triumph, because there is no more difficult spot in the Army.1
I hope very much that you will have a pleasant course outlined for the future, and I will always look back on my brief contacts with you with a great deal of pleasure.
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. Gulick served in the Militia Bureau from February 27,1926, to March 1,1930, when he became the chief of coast Artillery. He retired as a major general on November 30,1938.
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), p. 637.