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To Colonel William H. Draper, Jr.1
November 15, 1944 [Washington, D.C.]
I just learnt yesterday that your boy had been lost in France and I want you to know that you have my deep sympathy. This war has reached a stage where it is sparing few families in this country and I fear that worse is still to come before we reach a victorious conclusion.
I have had you in mind for a long time, feeling that you had suffered very hard luck in being deprived of troop opportunity. However, General Somervell tells me the services you are now rendering are of such great importance that he does not feel that he can release you at the present time. Should an opportunity arise you may be sure that I will try to further your chances for overseas service.
Again with my sympathy,
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. In peacetime, Draper was a Reserve officer and a partner in the New York banking firm of Dillon, Reed and Company. He was at Army Service Forces headquarters working on a joint study of army-navy procurement relationships, including the termination of purchasing contracts.
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. 4, “Aggressive and Determined Leadership,” June 1, 1943-December 31, 1944 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996), p. 666.