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To Captain Frank B. Thrailkill1
November 30, 1942 [Washington, D.C.]
My dear Captain Thrailkill:
The generous expressions regarding me in your letter of November twenty-fourth are deeply appreciated. It is comforting to receive such evidences of approval and loyal support.
Since taking over the job of Chief of Staff I have heard from time to time from most of the officers in the Vancouver District of the CCC, and from a large number of the men, and their assurances and comments have been a great pleasure to me. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience in the Vancouver District and acquired a great respect for the potential military ability of Reserve officers, given a fair chance to get under way. I wish some time it might be possible, which it very probably never will be, for a sizeable group of us to get together to talk over those days of good work and excellent results in a fine cause. I am very proud of what we did.
With my warm regards and thanks for your letter,
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. A Reserve officer, and formerly on Marshall’s staff of the Vancouver Barracks Civilian Conservation Corps District in southern Washington and Oregon, Thrailkill was an instructor in training management at the Infantry School. He wrote: “It might interest you to know that my varied contacts in the Army during the past active year and a half have brought to my attention not one instance of question as to the unmatched quality of your leadership. The feeling goes far beyond the loyalty which results from a sense of duty but springs rather from a deep seated realization that this is a rare instance in our history when we have, initially, the `right man’ in control of our destinies. I feel this to be a high compliment to you, in view of the fact that from time immemorial every soldier has had his `favorite General.’” (Thrailkill to Marshall, November 24, 1942, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, General].)
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), pp. 456-457.