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To General John J. Pershing
October 23, 1935 Chicago, Illinois
I just received your letter of October 4th, which was forwarded from Fire Island.
Quite evidently you were thoughtful and kind enough to mention my name to Craig in your note to him of congratulations.1 I am very grateful, and am much relieved to learn that apparently I will be “in” on some of the makes in the near future. I am particularly glad that you made clear that I prefer the line to the Chief of Infantry job. I want command duty, with the attendant possibilities for the future. I do it much better than desk, administrative work, but it has generally been my fate to draw the latter class of duty.
I was in the mountains with no radio, on your birthday, so did not hear the splendid program in your honor, but I read of it and was told about it, and I saw the numerous fine tributes in the papers. It grows increasingly evident each year that public appreciation and realization of what you did in France, is growing by leaps and bounds. The immense difficulties of the task and your skill and courage in surmounting them, can never be fully understood, even by those close to you. But time is bringing a bountiful harvest of esteem, admiration and affection.
I am back at the job again, and quite busy—tho very tired of desks and city life. We have a young Gordon setter, and I long for a generous reservation with quail and turkey, like Benning.
Our Illinois division commander, Keehn, got smashed up in a motor accident in July, lost his right arm in August and is still struggling for strength and relaxed nerves which will permit him to get some peaceful sleep. He is very pathetic.
With my most affectionate regards
G. C. Marshall
Saw Cameron Forbes two weeks ago. He looks well.
Document Copy Text Source: John J. Pershing Papers, General Correspondence, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Document Format: Handwritten letter signed.
1. Marshall assumed that Pershing was referring to General Malin Craig, who had become army chief of staff on October 2, as “Chief.” Pershing, however, was referring to the previous chief of staff, General Douglas MacArthur.
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. 476.