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To Lieutenant Colonel John C. Montgomery1
February 21, 1940 [Washington, D.C.]
My dear Montgomery:
Thanks for your cordial note of February 20th, with the pleasant exaggerations about my radio talk. I personally think it was rather a mess, having rushed it together during the lunch period that day and then mixing up the pages when I started to read it. However, if Virginia and you thought it was O.K., it is reassuring to me.2
I did not know Clifton knew you, but I appreciate your giving him a pleasant reception.
Give my love to Virginia.
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, General Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. Montgomery (U.S.M.A., 1903) was a vice president of the First Boston Corporation in New York City.
2. On February 16, Marshall spoke at 7:00 P.M. to a national radio audience from the Hotel Washington, where he was attending the Reserve Officers’ Association’s national convention banquet. In the broadcast—which was part of association-sponsored “National Defense Week”—Marshall spoke on many of the same issues that he had been addressing since becoming chief of staff (e.g., the army’s deficiencies and the importance of R.O.T.C. and the Reserve Corps). The nation was traditionally committed to a small army, he concluded, “but we must have the best Army of its size in the world. . . . Until the world is a much more peaceful place, with men’s minds directed towards homes and firesides, farms and factories, the military necessities for our security must be carefully weighed and then created in fact, and not in theory.” (GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, Speeches].)
Recommended Citation: ThePapers of George Catlett Marshall, ed.Larry I. Bland, Sharon Ritenour Stevens, and Clarence E. Wunderlin, Jr.(Lexington, Va.: The George C. Marshall Foundation, 1981- ). Electronic version based on The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, vol. 2, “We Cannot Delay,” July 1, 1939-December 6, 1941 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1986), p. 162.