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To General Malin Craig
June 7, 1938 [Vancouver Barracks, Washington]
I have just received a radio informing me that I will be ordered to proceed overland July first.
Your note of June second proposing this came by air mail ahead of your letter telling me that I could take my own time and pleasure in returning east. I could not tell from the note whether or not you wished me in Washington without undue delay, so I had to delay until the first letter arrived.
You have been very generous and understanding in this affair, and I really feel very embarrassed in having troubled the Chief of Staff of the Army about the minutiae of my change of station. The truth of the matter was I had traveled on the St. Mihiel, along with 105 children, as I recall. While I shared the best stateroom with a congressman, Lily and her mother had a red hot coop far removed from a bath. When I was told that the chances were that the only two desirable staterooms on the boat would be taken ahead of me, I dreaded Mrs. Marshall going to Panama on those metal decks at this time of year. She wanted to do it, though she had gone through there on a Dollar boat at one time, but knowing her susceptibility to extreme heat I was much concerned to avoid that possibility. Happily you have made everything quite delightful. I am afraid that if these other general officers follow my example you would feel like shooting the lot of us. I hated to ask such favors, because I have tried to make it a practice to take on the nose whatever I was ordered to do. Therefore my apologies, and very sincere appreciations.
I propose leading a very idle life between now and July first, with most of my CCC inspections devoted to fishing streams. With affectionate regards,
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Vancouver Barracks, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
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. 601-602.