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4-551 To Lieutenant General George S. Patton, Jr., October 23, 1944

   
Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: October 23, 1944

Subject: World War II


To Lieutenant General George S. Patton, Jr.

October 23, 1944 [Washington, D.C.]

Confidential

Dear Patton:

Shortly after my return to Washington your letter to me regarding Madame Jouatte showed up.1 I greatly appreciated both the promptness with which you acted and the manner in which you carried out the mission. I did not intend for you to go to so much trouble nor for you personally to do any of this. Thank you very much for the gracious manner in which you wrote Madame Jouatte. I will try to reach her from this side.

We continued to have an interesting trip after leaving you and by the time we reached the Holland frontier again I think Handy and I had a pretty good idea of the entire situation along the front and the general requirements to help matters. I only tarried in Paris twenty-four hours before flying home.

I forgot to mention to you while I was with you that the paragraphs from your letter regarding the famous $1,000 bet I released to the papers and it made the front pages throughout the United States. I think to your advantage, especially as I understand they are raising a couple of thousand-dollar bills for you here and there.2

The news from the Philippines is most encouraging and we seem to have a solid hold on Leyte with minimum losses to date. Now if we can open up the port of Antwerp the European picture will change rapidly.

I hope I shall have an opportunity to see Beatrice in the near future to tell her in what shape I found you.

With my thanks and warm regards,

Faithfully yours,

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. See note 1, Marshall to Patton, September 18, 1944, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #4-513 [4: 589].

2. An Associated Press report of August 15 stated: “General Patton hit the beaches early in July, waving a $1,000 bet that he would beat Lieut. Gen. Omar N. Bradley and Gen. Sir Bernard L. Montgomery to Paris.” (New York Times, August 17, 1944, p. 6.) Patton wrote to Marshall: “In a clipping which just reached me from home, I saw that some mendacious correspondent had stated that I arrived in Normandy waving a $1000 bill and making bets. There is not one word of truth to this statement. I have never seen a $1000 bill. I arrived in Normandy incognito, and, as the result of previous experiences, I have said nothing to any correspondent at any time which can be quoted.” (Patton to Marshall, September 1, 1944, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, Selected].)

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. 635-636.

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