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To Captain Clifton S. Brown
March 15, 1944 Washington, D.C.
Dear Clifton –
A V-letter came from you to your mother three days ago which indicated you were in Italy, as you referred to visiting Allen’s unit but that you failed to see him. Also some officer wrote her a note from your foreign station referring to your departure from there so I suppose you are getting a taste of mud and cold, snow and rain. However, the pleasant spring weather of Italy should soon develop, in marked contrast to the wretched weather of the past two months which imposed so much of hardship on the men in the field.
Your mother and I drove down to Leesburg Sunday afternoon. Though it was raining and the ground was deep in mud I managed to plant half a dozen fruit trees and a dozen or more berry bushes. We hope to get down Sunday and do another planting job and spread some manure that we got ahold of a month ago. Allene is there at the hotel and seems to be having a pleasant time at Leesburg. James had a bad cold but is on his feet now. The place should look very lovely in three or four weeks. I hope I can see it this spring because I have never had a chance to in the past three years.
I should imagine that you are having an exceedingly interesting time in contrast to Richmond or even to your former location in N.A. [North Africa]. I have gone through the latter region so often that it began to seem like home territory but I suppose from now on I shall see less and less of it.
Events have been moving rather rapidly in the Pacific, and very badly for the Japanese. I hope we can continue without untoward event. I see that Chinese and American troops in combined action in Burma have administered a severe defeat to a Japanese force. This should greatly encourage the Chinese and improve their military morale.
Molly and the children are well and the latter very active, both increasingly so. Jimmy is in trouble almost every hour of the day and Kitty has just reached the point of walking a few steps alone. She walks all over the upstairs if someone holds her hand. A friend of mine in New York is sending Jimmy a velocipede. His feet touch the ground when he rides the little one Molly bought for him so we had the pedals removed, and he walks it about.
I have just returned from a trip into Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, and Kentucky, generally visiting two large installations each day. The weather permitted me to keep up with a fast schedule and get back to Washington for important meetings here.
Document Copy Text Source: Research File, Family Folder, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
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. 4, “Aggressive and Determined Leadership,” June 1, 1943-December 31, 1944 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996), pp. 346-347.