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To Brigadier General Terry de la M. Allen
June 5, 1942 [Washington, D.C.]
Personal and Confidential
I received your note of appreciation of your appointment to command the First Division.1 You were assigned because I thought you would make an excellent job of it, particularly in view of its probable assignment.
One comment I would make. Theodore Roosevelt and you are very much of the same type as to enthusiasm, initiative and a restless desire to get into things. I am a little fearful that two people so much of the same type will probably not get along too well, in other words, that he will probably get in your hair. I hope this doesn’t develop, for he has had a long history with the First Division, is an A No. 1 fighting man with rare courage, and what is rarer, unlimited fortitude.2
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, Selected Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. Allen, commander of the Thirty-sixth Infantry Division at Camp Blanding, Florida, had received his notice to command the First Infantry Division at Fort Benning, Georgia. “I want to assure you from the bottom of my heart that I feel highly honored and deeply appreciate the confidence thus proposed in me,” Allen had written to the chief of staff. “I shall do all in my power to assist in maintaining the traditions of this grand division in whatever may be in store for us.” (Allen to Marshall, May 25, 1942, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, Selected].) Allen was promoted to major general effective June 19, 1942.
2. See Marshall to Roosevelt, December 22, 1941, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #3-026 [3: 28-29]. See also Marshall to Roosevelt, July 1920, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #1-171 [1: 198-99].
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), p. 224.