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To General of the Army Henry H. Arnold
March 2, 1945 [Washington, D.C.]
I am very late in getting off this note to you but I have made several starts and interruptions threw me off the track. Since my return from Yalta I have only been here a very few days, having gone down to Pinehurst for the first weekend and then after two days back here, returned to Pinehurst for a four-day rest. I am off again this afternoon for Baruch’s place, returning to town Sunday night.1
Mrs. Marshall has bought quite a nice lodge or cottage at Pinehurst, comfortably furnished and fully equipped. It has ample grounds and as usual there is a tremendous amount of pruning to be done.
Your doctor has told me of your condition and I was very much relieved to find that you had actually agreed to go to bed and set about making a real recovery.2 They told me you were to leave yesterday for Cat Island and I had turned over in my mind the possibility of flying down to spend the weekend with you. However, I ended up with the proposition of taking Mrs. Marshall to South Carolina for the weekend.
The trip was very strenuous and especially my four-day stay in Italy. From Italy we flew directly home, stopping only long enough to regas at Casablanca, the Azores and at Stephenville. The thermometer at the latter place was five degrees about [above] zero, which at a dismal three in the morning was not very cheerful. Then, as usual, we had very bad weather between there and here.
Whatever you do now don’t hurry to return here and nullify the advantage you have gained by a real rest. Giles has matters well in hand and there is little you can add to the scenario at the moment. The less you worry about it the better.3
With affectionate regards,
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. General Marshall departed for Bernard M. Baruch’s home (Hobcaw) in Georgetown, South Carolina, on Friday, March 2, and returned to Washington on Sunday evening, March 4. “There is something restful and altogether delightful about your place that makes a strong appeal,” Marshall wrote to thank Baruch. (Marshall to Baruch, March 9, 1945, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, Selected].)
2. General Arnold was recovering from a heart attack at a Miami, Florida, hospital. (H. H. Arnold, Global Mission [New York: Harper and Brothers, 1949], pp. 537, 542.)
3. In mid-March General Arnold left the hospital and gradually returned to work under his doctors’ care. “I have been assured by the doctors that during the next month and a half they will regulate the hours that I work with the hours that I rest,” Arnold wrote during his first week back to Washington, “depending upon their heart observations, so that when I get back I will be in such physical condition that I can give you far better service than I have been able to during the past 2 years.” (Arnold Memorandum for General Marshall, March 22, 1945, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, Selected].) Lieutenant General Barney M. Giles was deputy commander of the Army Air Forces.
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. 72-73.