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To Captain James R. Shepley
November 15, 1945 [Washington, D.C.]
My dear Captain Shepley:
I wish to express to you rather formally my deep personal appreciation of the invaluable service you have rendered me during the past seven months, especially in connection with the preparation of my Biennial Report. I found your estimates of public reactions invariably accurate. You displayed a keen insight into the basic fundamentals involved in the establishment of a sound military policy for this country. You have contributed in an important measure to the present effort of the War Department to bring the public to a realization of the importance of our maintaining a respectable military posture before the world.
Please accept my personal thanks, with my best wishes.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. Marshall presented this letter and a formal citation to Shepley on November 20.
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), p. 357.