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To Brigadier General Royden E. Beebe
January 18, 1945 [Washington, D.C.]
I am attaching a topographical relief map of Luzon which I think will be of interest to you. During the operations of the past week my thoughts have gone back with frequency to the reconnaissance you and I engineered of the Central Valley of Luzon, and in particular the ride we took together from Bautista north towards Lingayen. You may remember my confused effort to guide you and our two horses over a rotten bridge where I confused my left with your right and almost wrecked the expedition.1
The landings on Mindoro at San Jose also carried me back to my earliest days in the Philippines because I commanded all of that region, my first assignment, for a considerable period in 1902; being completely out of communication with other companies of the regiment except by ship and only having such service once every four months, all the details of the region are pretty firmly impressed on my mind.2
I hope you and Sally are well and that the news from the boys is favorable. Katherine had quite a bout with flu—sinus—pleurisy and mild pneumonia last November but three weeks at Pinehurst enabled her to recuperate sufficiently to buy a house there.3
With affectionate regards to you both,
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. On January 9 forces of Lieutenant General Walter Krueger’s Sixth Army landed and moved ashore over the beaches of Lingayen Gulf on Luzon, with the goal to recapture the Central Plains-Manila Bay area. (Robert Ross Smith, Triumph in the Philippines, a volume in the United States Army in World War II [Washington: GPO, 1963], pp. 73-87.) Twenty-nine years earlier, in mid-January 1916, George Marshall planned and participated in a staff ride up the central valley of Luzon to the Lingayen Gulf. For further information regarding Marshall’s duty in the Philippines between 1913 and 1916, see Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #1-061-#1-073 [1: 75-97]. Retired Brigadier General Beebe and Marshall were friends since their studies at the Infantry and Cavalry School in 1906.
2. Allied forces landed on southwestern Mindoro beginning in mid-December 1944 to establish airfields near San Jose to provide air cover for the convoys headed toward Lingayen Gulf and to attack Japanese air power on Luzon. The Mindoro airfields helped to speed the Allied move toward Luzon and to make the invasion less difficult. (Smith, Triumph in the Philippines, pp. 43-53.) For further information regarding Marshall’s first service in the Philippines between 1902 and 1903, see Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #1-019-#1-023 [1: 23-28].
3. While Katherine Marshall recuperated in Pinehurst, North Carolina, at the Carolina Hotel, she became so fond of the town that she took an option to purchase a house, Liscombe Lodge. The Marshalls bought the house for their winter home. Mrs. Marshall wrote in her memoirs that the most difficult part of Army life was relocating frequently, and she and General Marshall longed to live in their houses at Leesburg, Virginia, and Pinehurst “as soon as the war was won.” “Ever since he had been of age he had been wandering over the face of the globe; at each halting place he had tried to make a house into a home, always fixing a garden, and then, just as he had begun to feel at home and the things planted had taken root, orders would come to move on and he would start all over again. This had gone on for forty years. . . Neither of us liked living in hotels or clubs. George had often said `I prize my privacy more than any one thing I possess.’” (K. T. Marshall, Together, pp. 216-18.) For more information regarding the Pinehurst house, see Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #4-602 [4: 686].
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. 5, “The Finest Soldier,” January 1, 1945-January 7, 1947 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003), pp. 33-34.