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To Dexter B. Wiswell
April 13, 1944 [Washington, D.C.]
My dear Mr. Wiswell,
I have your letter of April sixth proposing that my name be presented for honorary life membership in the Military Historical Society of Massachusetts, with the note that your President, Colonel [Ross] Whistler, extends his compliments and hopes that I will accept this membership. I will be very glad to do so.1
I am interested in history, accurate history, and I have always had a very delightful recollection of my association with the First Corps of Cadets, both at Hingham and in their Armory on Arlington Street. Colonel [Thomas F.] Edmands had died before I met with the Cadets. Colonel Joy was the commander at that time and Charlie Cole the Major.2
With my regards, and thanks,
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. Wiswell, secretary of the Military Historical Society of Massachusetts, had written, “we know of your kindly recollections of the Corps, which are heartily reciprocated by its members.” The director of the Bureau of Public Relations, Major General Alexander D. Surles, had recommended that General Marshall decline the invitation because the bureau had difficulty finding any information on the society’s current activity and saw no reason for the chief of staff to accept. (Wiswell to Marshall, April 6, 1944, and Surles Memorandum for the Secretary, General Staff, April 10, 1944, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, General].)
2. General Marshall had been inspector-instructor with the Massachusetts Volunteer Militia during 1911-12. (For further information on Marshall’s service in Massachusetts, see Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #1-051 [1: 57-58], and #1-052 [1: 65-72].) Lieutenant Colonel Franklin L. Joy was commander of the First Corps of Cadets when Marshall worked in Massachusetts. Charles H. Cole, promoted to brigadier general, was appointed adjutant general of Massachusetts in 1937. (For correspondence between Marshall and Cole, see ibid., #1-512 [1: 627-30], and #2-057 [2: 66-68].)
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), pp. 405-406.