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To Frank McCarthy from Katherine T. Marshall
[December 29, 1945] Pinehurst, North Carolina
Your yellow roses really made this Xmas more like my past ones than anything that happened. How sweet and how thoughtful of you- for my heart was truly sad. This assignment to China was a bitter blow. If General Marshall could have had even a few weeks rest and have had you and Srgt [Sergeant] Powder with him I would not have had such fears about his going. I know you were more than ready to make the sacrifice but it was one he could not run the risk of accepting. You have always been perfectly selfless in your loyalty to him and therefore someone else had to think of your good. It would have been madness for you to face that trip and a Chinese winter. When I saw his plane take off without anyone to be close to him- whom he had known and depended on- I felt I could not stand it. A new Sect [secretary]- new orderly new cook. I know just how he felt too- but neither of us could speak of it for it was too close to our hearts.
I give a sickly smile when people say how the country loves and admires my husband. That last week- testifying from 9 until 5 every day- with the luncheon hours spent with the President and Sect. Burnes [Byrnes] trying to get some idea of what must be done on this mission- then dumped into his lap to write the whole policy- after he got home at night- I shall never forget that week and I shall never forget how this country showed its love and admiration. This sounds bitter. Well, I am bitter. The President should never have asked this of him and in such a way he could not refuse. This is a long way from yellow roses- but I have kept silent so long I had to get it out to someone and it will be safe with you. His trip was fairly comfortable and now my daily prayer is that he can bring some sort of unity out of chaos [and] come home. What are your plans? and how is your health? I do so hope that 1946 will bring you both health and happiness.
Document Copy Text Source: Frank McCarthy Papers, Additions, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Handwritten letter signed.
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. 5, “The Finest Soldier,” January 1, 1945-January 7, 1947 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003), pp. 406-407.