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To Lieutenant General George S. Patton, Jr.
September 18, 1944 Radio Washington, D.C.
Personal for Patton from Marshall.
When you have nothing else to do except invade Germany have one of your people stop by Gondrecourt between Neufchateau and Barleduc and look up Madame Jouatte, formerly Rue Sourcy, my landlady in France during depressing days. Her husband was Justice of the Peace. Have them find out what her necessities are if any without committing me. But give her a very personal message from me and a contact with your headquarters.1
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, Selected Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed radio message.
1. Patton replied that the day after receiving Marshall’s message he visited Gondrecourt “reinforced by three pounds of coffee and five pounds of sugar.” He discovered that Mme Jouatte had moved to Montauban in the south of France. He obtained her new address, sent her a letter, and promised Marshall that he would send a staff officer to visit her “when the situation in southern France clears up.” (Patton to Marshall, September 27, 1944, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, Selected].) See Marshall to Patton, October 23, 1944, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #4-551 [4: 635-36].
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. 588-589.