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To Lieutenant Colonel H. Merrill Pasco
December 25, 1944 [Washington, D.C.]
You have assisted me in drafting many letters of Christmas greetings and appreciation to various leaders in the war effort. Quite naturally you omitted your own name from the list of those to whom such letters should go. I have stirred my memory many times for lessons out of my past experience, particularly of the first World War period, and the parallel to your situation occurred to me yesterday in recalling that as the various members of General Pershing’s GHQ Staff took their final leave of duty with him I prepared appropriate and rather generous statements of his appreciation for the services they had rendered. Being the last to go I was the only one not to receive such a letter, though lack of appreciation was far from General Pershing’s intention—it was that the habit had been formed of receiving suggestions for such communications from me. Hence the omission.
I want you to know that I am conscious of the heavy burden of duties that you carry, not only as Assistant Secretary and frequently Acting Secretary of the General Staff, but in relation to more personal services for me. I appreciate very much all that you have done and the highly efficient manner in which you have done it.
With my Christmas greetings to Mrs. Pasco and you and with very best wishes for you both in the New Year,
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, General Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
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. 708-709.