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To Colonel Edmund L. Gruber1
January 27, 1940 [Washington, D.C.]
I learned with great regret during my few hours at Benning last Monday that you had had the hard luck to contract pneumonia, but I was relieved to find out that you are well on the way to recovery. Colonel Ward and I had intended to go to the hospital to see you Monday night, but just as we sat down to dinner, we received word of the rapidly approaching storm of snow and sleet from the Gulf, and we left on twenty minutes’ notice. Incidentally, we made the trip to Washington in a trifle under three hours due to a seventy mile an hour tail wind.
I hope very much that your convalescence proceeds rapidly, and also that you do not try to force the issue, but rather that you carefully follow out the instructions of the doctors.
We had a very interesting, though very rapid trip around the country. The maneuvers on the West Coast were the most impressive I have ever seen in time of peace and represented a milestone, I think, in cooperation between the Army and the Navy, as well as the civilian components. The Cavalry Division was marching in from a four-day maneuver with a temperature of 10 degrees above zero, and I reviewed them—a hard-bitten, efficient looking lot. The Second Division was in the field at 18 above zero, and they looked equally sturdy and seasoned. I was sorry I could not stay long enough to see the First Division take the field Monday night.
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, Selected Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. Gruber was acting chief of staff for the Fourth Army Corps from January 2 to February 10, 1940; from February to October he was deputy control officer for the Third Army maneuvers.
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. 149-150.