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To Colonel John McA. Palmer
August 3, 1920 Washington, D.C.
My dear General Palmer:
I have been writing some notes of congratulations to the new brigadiers and I have a feeling that I would be leaving the most important thing undone if I did not tell you how very sorry I am, and I believe everyone else in the army is, that your splendid services were not officially recognized. Of course we all suspect the reason why, but it is a crime and shame that you are not now a major general. Few men have done so much for the army and therefore the country, as have you, and whether or not you are accorded your just dues, this fact will remain.1
With my warmest regards to Mrs. Palmer, Mary and yourself,
G. C. Marshall, Jr.
Document Copy Text Source: John McA. Palmer Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Document Format: Handwritten letter signed.
1. The highest rank Palmer had held up to the time of this letter was that of colonel. He was not promoted to brigadier general until December, 1922. The "reason" Marshall mentions for Palmer’s being passed over in 1920 was probably his role in writing the Wadsworth bill which became Congress’ alternative to the Baker-March reorganization bill in 1919.
Recommended Citation: The Papers 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. 1, “The Soldierly Spirit,” December 1880-June 1939 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1981), pp. 199-200.