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To General Joseph W. Stilwell
December 12, 1944 [Washington, D.C.]
I am sorry to be leaving just as you arrive, but I have to be in Chicago tonight and from there I am going on to a series of Replacement Training Centers.1
The Chicago date was fixed some time ago and could not be changed.
I have talked to General Handy, who will discuss your own personal-official problems with you, as he understands the whole situation.
I am dictating this over the telephone so it is a rather hurried note. Again with my regrets at missing you, and particularly Mrs. Stilwell,
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, Selected Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. Stilwell had been at his home in Carmel, California, since early November. Marshall was speaking that evening to the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association’s fifty-first annual dinner in Chicago. His talk on the war situation and the need for postwar universal military training was similar to the one he made to the Pennsylvania Society on December 9. The day following his speech (December 13), Marshall flew to Fort McClellan, Alabama, then to Camp Wheeler, Georgia (near Macon). On December 14 he inspected Camp Wheeler then flew to Camp Croft, near Spartanburg, South Carolina, and returned to Washington, D.C.
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. 4, “Aggressive and Determined Leadership,” June 1, 1943-December 31, 1944 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996), pp. 692-693.