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To General Malin Craig
June 16, 1938 [Vancouver Barracks, Washington]
Now that you have so graciously re-adjusted my affairs, I am leaving here July 2nd and will report to you on the morning of the 6th. Mrs. Marshall and Molly go on to Fire Island, New York.
With reference to your suggestion that I motor east: We motored west in coming out here and spent three weeks at it. Had a perfectly wonderful trip, and I notice the leading article in the “Saturday Evening Post” this week by Priestley, an English writer, is devoted to a description of that portion of our trip through the Painted Desert around to the north of the Grand Canyon.1 That is the most wonderful drive I have seen in America, except for the Redwoods along the north coast of California, but even those lack the contrasts of northern Arizona.
I just got back an hour ago from four days leave down at Seaside, south of Astoria, and am off for the week end with Erskine Wood of Portland at his fishing camp east of McKenzie Pass. Incidentally, he is the brother of a Congresswoman Nan Honeyman and they are the children of a one time army officer. Wood was born on this post, and as a 14-year-old boy spent two summers in the tepee with Chief Joseph, who Wood’s father assisted in securing permission to return to the Northwest, after his famous retreat.2
I am looking forward with keen pleasure to being with you in Washington.
P.S. I am so glad you sent Grunert here, for he will be able to do a great deal to improve conditions.3 I think we are on the way to making Vancouver Barracks the most popular post, for both officers and men, in the West.
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Vancouver Barracks, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. J. B. Priestley, “Rainbow in the Desert,” Saturday Evening Post 210 (June 18, 1938): 5-6 .
2. Erskine Wood was a Portland lawyer. Nan Wood Honeyman, who had been a member of the Oregon House of Representatives (1934-36), represented the Third Oregon District in Congress. Their father was First Lieutenant Charles E. S. Wood, a graduate of the United States Military Academy in 1874.
3. Brigadier General George Grunert succeeded Marshall as commander at Vancouver Barracks in November, 1938.
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. 603-604.