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To Clarence R. Sumner1
April 26, 1943 [Washington, D.C.]
My dear Mr. Sumner:
Your write-up of a momentary interview with me Saturday evening in Asheville was brought to my attention yesterday. I am sending you this note merely to tell you that your reporting of what was said and the circumstances of the interview was accurate to a degree that might be termed unique. This was the more remarkable because our meeting was of fleeting duration.2
The incident was so contrary to my usual experience in such matters that I felt the obligation to write this note.
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. Sumner was a veteran news reporter for the Asheville (North Carolina) Citizen-Times.
2. General Marshall had made a surprise visit to Asheville on Saturday, April 24, 1943, to visit wounded soldiers at Moore General Hospital. Later that evening he and his aide, walking the crowded Asheville streets virtually unrecognized, entered a movie theater shortly after “City Without Men” started running. Aware of this, reporter Sumner waited for Marshall to exit the movie after staying to see the beginning portion that he had missed, thereby missing the crowds both entering and leaving the theater. Following Marshall as he left the movie, Sumner recorded his short dialogue with the general in the next day’s newspaper. (Asheville Citizen-Times, April 25, 1943, pp. 1, 5.)
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), p. 664.