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To Colonel Vincent M. Elmore1
September 16, 1942 [Washington, D.C.]
I received your note of September thirteenth and appreciate your interest in the matter. However I think you have allowed yourself to be unduly irritated by the squeakings of Democracy. If we were to take issue with the various illogical or totally unjustified public statements that are made over the radio, in the press, or on the floors of Congress, there would be little time for the business of conducting the war and I think a loss rather than gain in prestige. My fear has always been that sooner or later I would lose my temper through profound and continued irritation, but I have been saved that misfortune so far by the realization of what a serious mistake it would be.
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. Elmore, who had retired from the army in 1922, was incensed by Drew Pearson’s statements on the radio version of his “Washington Merry-Go-Round” column that Billy Mitchell had been “crucified” for his air power views and by his “sarcastic references to the army’s ‘Brass Hats’ and all (or most all) the higher staff officers as a group.” Elmore said that he had known Mitchell “quite well” and believed that the War Department should “secure appropriate and wide-spread publication of the actual facts regarding Mitchell’s trial.” (Elmore to Marshall, September 13, 1942, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, General].)
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), pp. 358-359.