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To Madame Jouatte1
April 18, 1941 [Washington, D.C.]
Dear Madame Jouatte:
I have just received your letter of March 10th, and was deeply touched by this notice of your whereabouts and regarding your tragic experience since last May. I was greatly relieved to learn that you were well and safe, even if banished from your home. Your good fortune in having your son and his family with you, particularly your little grandson, is one ray of sunshine for you in a gloomy world.2
Those days in Gondrecourt more than 23 years ago, though distant and remote, remain clearly printed in my memory—particularly your kindness to me. How little we anticipated the march of events that were to follow!
I have been very busy for more than two years, and have been Chief of Staff since July 1939. During this period I have travelled a great deal, about the United States, to Hawaii, and to Central and South America, probably some 75,000 miles—all by air except a voyage to Rio de Janeiro on a Naval cruiser.
I am sending you a small photograph, which I hope reaches you in time, though the mails are rather uncertain.
This letter carries to you my hopes and prayers for your safety and for the future of little Michel.3
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. Marshall had spent six months in France with the First Division of the A.E.F. at Gondrecourt and had billeted at Mme Jouatte’s home.
2. Mme Jouatte wrote that she had left her house on May 13, 1940, after Gondrecourt sustained a four-hour German bombardment. With her family, she fled to Moissac in the south of France, where she remained in “exile.” (Mme Jouatte to Marshall, March 10, 1941, GCMRL/G. c. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, Selected].)
3. Marshal’s letter was given to G-2 to be sent to the United States military attach