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To General John J. Pershing
November 27, 1945 [Washington, D.C.]
I have just this moment been handed your gracious note of November 23rd. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your writing and how grateful I am for your thoughtful expressions.1
Katherine and I have been both engaged in moving and also spending most of our time down at Leesburg. We are off again this morning and I soon hope to be able to clear my skirts pretty generally of Washington involvements. Our present plan is to leave for Pinehurst about the 10th, however dates can only be guesses with us at present.2
When I come back to town next week, I hope to get out to see you and Miss May.3 Meanwhile, my thanks again for your thoughtfulness.
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, Categorical Materials, Resignation Tributes, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. Pershing had written from his suite at Walter Reed Hospital: “Permit me to extend you a warm welcome to the retired list. It is extremely gratifying to me to note evidences that your great talents and abilities are now generally recognized and applauded. Surely, your outstanding contributions to the success of the war merits the gratitude of the peoples of all the peace-loving nations of the world. I can add nothing to the deserved tributes your achievements have evoked, but can assure you that your successes have given no one greater personal satisfaction and pride.” (Pershing to Marshall, November 23, 1945, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, Categorical, Resignation Tributes].)
2. The Marshalls had “a very comfortable place” in Pinehurst, North Carolina. They “planned to spend the winter there, closing the house in Leesburg [Virginia] into which we have already moved our things.” (Marshall to Mrs. Egbert Armstrong, December 1, 1945, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Collection.)
3. May was Pershing’s sister.
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. 367-368.