3-649 To General Henry H. Arnold, May 11, 1943

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: May 11, 1943

Subject: World War II

To General Henry H. Arnold1

May 11, 1943 Washington, D.C.

Dear Arnold:

I hoped to get out to see you yesterday afternoon but after an entire morning before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and all afternoon up to 5:30 with the joint Chiefs of Staff, I was unable to manage it. However, I was encouraged to get a favorable report on your condition.

I am afraid I can’t get out today because of appointments this morning, with the Andrews Memorial Service at noon and the other matters which you will understand.

I want you to be very careful not to worry about our affairs here because if you do that it will mean an indefinite stay in the hospital. We will manage and you devote yourself to yourself.2


Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Collection, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.

Document Format: Typed letter.

1. This letter was dictated over the telephone for delivery to Arnold at Walter Reed General Hospital. Arnold had suffered a heart attack on May 9.

2. “This is one Hell of a time for this to happen,” Arnold had written to Marshall on May 10. “My engine started turning over at 160 when it should have been doing 74 to 76. For this I am sorry. Back to normal now.” (Arnold to Marshall, Monday [May 10, 1943], GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, Selected].) For related information, see Marshall to Arnold, May 14, 1943, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #3-655 [3: 691-92].

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. 687.

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