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To Clarence Budington Kelland
February 5, 1944 [Washington, D.C.]
My dear Mr. Kelland,
Yesterday I received your letter of February first regarding Terry Allen. You pay Winchell a considerable compliment in assuming that his announcements regarding military appointments are factual. If so, I would not be Chief of Staff since he made another appointment. I have heard nothing of any proposal to relieve Terry Allen so you need not concern yourself about that.1
Of course I am sorry that his men are disturbed by the Winchell rumor but I have regrets regarding so many other similar and more serious disturbances, over which I have no control, that I am probably more philosophical than you in my reactions—even though you are far more familiar with such business.
I was glad to hear from you and recall our interesting talk just before the last Presidential election. In a note from Connie Waxman the other day she spoke of seeing you and I wondered if she had ever read your book on that attractive pie-maker in Tucson.2
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. Kelland—an author and former newspaperman and war correspondent living in Phoenix, Arizona—had written to Marshall because of a statement in Walter Winchell’s syndicated column to the effect that Major General Terry de la M. Allen, commanding general of the 104th Infantry Division, was to be transferred from combat to service command. He noted that Allen had the respect and confidence of his men and there was an exceptional esprit de corps and high morale among his men. Kelland had written to Marshall “to point out the harm that can be done by irresponsible rumors; harm to the morale of a division that, unquestionably, has been brought to a high degree of efficiency and pride in itself; and questionings in the mind of the public.” (Kelland to Marshall, February 1, 1944, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, General].)
2. Kelland had been a Republican National Committeeman for Arizona in 1940. Connie Berry Waxman, a longtime friend of the Marshalls, and her husband Percy, a writer and associate editor of Cosmopolitan, were visiting with Kelland. Marshall was most likely referring to May Pershing (sister of General John J. Pershing), who resided in Tucson, Arizona.
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. 265-266.