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To General John J. Pershing
August 22, 1938 Washington, D.C.
I was extremely sorry to miss seeing you before your departure. Only by accident did I learn, the last hour before I left Washington, that you were leaving town, and when I called at your hotel I found that you were asleep. I sent you a bon voyage wire from Minneapolis, where I landed for the night on my air trip westward. Since my return Adamson tells me you had a very comfortable trip and arrived in fine shape.
I flew from here with General Andrews of the GHQ Air Force to Selfridge Field, Chanute Field, Minneapolis, then on to Billings, Montana, and across Yellowstone Park to Spokane, where part of the Air Force had concentrated. From there I flew over to Lewis, where another element of the First Wing was concentrated, did the Boeing Air Plant at Seattle, and stopped at Vancouver Barracks for the night, where another Wing of the First Group was concentrated. From the Northwest I flew to San Francisco, Sacramento, Los Angeles—the air plants there—Denver, San Antonio, Barksdale Field, Shreveport, and home. Altogether I had a very interesting trip professionally and a most magnificent one personally. We not only saw Yellowstone Park from the air, including Old Faithful, but saw Boulder Dam and flew up the Grand Canyon; saw Acoma Village and Meteor Crater from the air, also Santa Fe and Colorado Springs. I got back Thursday night and went to Baltimore for Saturday and Sunday with Parsons of the Third Corps Area. As he dragged me around to Fort Howard, Fort Meade, and Fort Hoyle, I did not find much relaxation there.
I have taken General Embick’s house on Wyoming Avenue, just west of Connecticut Avenue, near old “2029”.1 We take over the house October first. I imagine Mrs. Marshall will come to town about the 15th of September.
I do hope you will find relaxation and renewed health in Sunny France. Adamson tells me you are going off to a spa.
With affectionate regards,
G. C. Marshall
Document Copy Text Source: John J. Pershing Papers, General Correspondence, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Document Format: Typed letter signed.
1. Major General Stanley D. Embick was to become commander of the Fourth corps Area and the Third Army, with headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, on October 1 Senator and Mrs. Francis E. Warren formerly lived at 2029 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C.
Recommended Citation: The Papers 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. 1, “The Soldierly Spirit,” December 1880-June 1939 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1981), p. 617.