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To Colonel Philip E. Gallagher1
June 3, 1942 [Washington, D.C.]
Thank you for your letter of June 1st. I appreciate your cordial expressions regarding my address at West Point, and was much interested in the details you had to give me regarding your instruction and advice to the cadets.2 I was sorry that there was so little time for me to do anything but the official program, and I will hope for a more leisurely opportunity, but I fear it will only be a hope.
With warm regards to you and Leila,3
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. Gallagher had served as commandant of cadets at the United States Military Academy since February 1942. He had served with the Fifteenth Infantry at Tientsin, China, while Marshall was stationed there. See Marshall’s 1932 comment in Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #1-308 [1: 379-80], and #1-310 [1: 381].
2. Marshall’s May 29 address had made a “fine impression,” Gallagher had written. “The 1st Classmen got a real kick out of shaking hands with you. As one youngster told his dad, he did not think he would wash his hand for a week. Although I realize that your time is very precious, I don’t believe there is anything you could have done to help these youngsters more than to give them the sendoff you did.” Gallagher also described the improvements he expected to make in cadet training. (Gallagher to Marshall, June 1, 1942, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, General].)
3. Gallagher was married to Leila J. Slade.
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. 221.