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To General John J. Pershing
September 5, 1934 Fort Monmouth, New Jersey
I am writing from the Army Command Post of the CPX, in an atmosphere not so very different from Souilly or Ligny en Barrois sixteen years ago, to send my congratulations on your birthday. I hope this reaches you on that day—it should if the boat schedule for mails is to be believed.1 My affectionate greetings and my most sincere wishes for your continued health and happiness go with this letter. It’s too bad you could not have appeared here on your birthday to receive the personal congratulations of the host of your old subordinates who are engaged in this problem.
My family is on Fire Island off Long Island, where I go for a week on leaving here. Molly sailed August 30th on a Dollar boat for San Francisco via Havana and Panama—enroute to Hawaii, China for six months, and on round the world. She will be gone a year. The youngest boy goes to University of Virginia this fall. His brother is doing real estate in Chicago.
I have been busy with troop maneuvers this summer, ending up in a division march towards Chicago, entrainment, bivouac in Grant Park in front of the Loop and review in the Fair of 10,000.
My congratulations again, which go with my prayer for your celebration of many more birthdays in which to receive the honors and plaudits of the constantly increasing number who realize the magnitude of your achievements.
G. C. Marshall
Document Copy Text Source: John J. Pershing Papers, General Correspondence, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Document Format: Handwritten letter signed.
1. Pershing replied from Paris that he had “just returned from Vittel, where I have been taking my annual cure.” (Pershing to Marshall, September 20, 1934, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Illinois National Guard].)
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), pp. 435-436.