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To Captain Donald Hough
November 14, 1944 [Washington, D.C.]
My dear Captain Hough:
I happened to read your book “Captain Retread” and should like you to know that I not only enjoyed it thoroughly but found it, in my opinion, an amazingly accurate, as well as amusing appreciation of Army life and soldier reactions. It was especially interesting to me in the point of view of an old AEF veteran, regarding this great new Army which is now proving itself magnificently overseas.1
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. Hough, who had enlisted in World War I and completed the war as a first lieutenant, had rejoined the army in 1942 as a captain—a forty-seven-year-old “retread,” as those who returned to duty were called, a reference to putting a new tread on old tires. A writer, he described his recent experiences in the Army Air Forces in the southwestern United States. The book was published by W. W. Norton and Company in the spring of 1944. (See Orville Prescott, “Books of the Times,” New York Times, May 12, 1944, p. 17.) At the time Marshall wrote, Hough was in the Philippines.
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. 665-666.