2-037 To Colonel Charles W. Weeks, August 26, 1939

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: August 26, 1939

To Colonel Charles W. Weeks1

August 26, 1939 [Washington, D.C.]

Dear Charlie:

There came across my desk a reference to your retirement on September 30th, I think it was for my signature to the order for your retirement, and I was really shocked to find that you were about to leave the active list.

I have many memories in connection with you that have left a definite impression throughout the years. To begin with, when I first saw you at Calapan, you were to me the quintessence of Army experience and knowledge—the Adjutant who knew all the regulations and understood all the forms and methods of administration. Also, you had a laugh like Taft and I can still hear you chuckling over old Bill Pitcher’s comments or strictures on this and that.2

Then, later came the period when you brought your bride to Santa Mesa.3 I never will forget the many evenings that you haled me to your quarters, from that turbulent bachelor mess, to enjoy a delicious dessert and the peace and quiet of a real home, along with a little delightful music. At that time I was much in need of exactly that wholesome influence, and I have never forgotten the impression it made on me.

Odd to relate, I have a very definite recollection of your amusing description of running the Maytag washer and the ironing machinery in your cellar at the War College during the days of extremely high prices and more extremely low pay.

Please write and tell me what your plans are, and give my affectionate regards to Mrs. Weeks.

Faithfully yours,

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. Weeks had been commissioned in July 1899 and was a first lieutenant in the Thirtieth Infantry in the Philippine Islands when Marshall first met him in May 1902. During the World War he had served with the Thirty-first Infantry in the Philippines and Siberia. He had been a student at the War College during the 1919-20 school year. He succeeded Marshall as assistant commandant at the Infantry School in 1933. In 1936 he became the professor of military science and tactics at Clemson Agricultural College in South Carolina, a post he held until his retirement. Following Weeks’s retirement, Marshall wrote: “Personally, I am especially sorry to see you leave the active list. You were the officer to whom I reported for duty when I joined my first regiment, at Calapan on the Island of Mindoro, in the Philippines, and it was your advice and kindly offices that guided me through my earliest army service.” (October 26, 1939, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, General].)

2. Major William L. Pitcher had been given command of the Thirtieth Infantry in August 1901 and removed one week before Marshall arrived in the Philippines on May 11, 1902. According to the regiment’s official history, Pitcher, “being a man of great mental activity and extremely impulsive in his action, was quick to administer stern discipline, and after such disciplinary storms the skies often quickly cleared and all again was serene. So it happened that officers were placed in arrest or relieved from command some, a few days later, to [be] restored to their duties.” (“History of the Thirtieth United States Infantry,” typescript, NA/RG 391 [Thirtieth Infantry].)

3. Weeks and Marshall served together at the Santa Mesa Garrison, three miles east of the center of Manila, between March and September 1903. (Regarding Marshall’s early service in the Philippines, see Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #1-019-023 [1: 23-28].)

Recommended Citation: ThePapers of George Catlett Marshall, ed.Larry I. Bland, Sharon Ritenour Stevens, and Clarence E. Wunderlin, Jr.(Lexington, Va.: The George C. Marshall Foundation, 1981- ). Electronic version based on The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, vol. 2, “We Cannot Delay,” July 1, 1939-December 6, 1941 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1986), pp. 40-41.

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