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To Major Clifton S. Brown1
February 22, 1945 Washington, D.C.
I have just returned from my trip to the conference in the Crimea. En route I stopped long enough at Marseilles to see General Eisenhower for a day. On my return trip I stopped for three days in Italy which I devoted to the Fifth Army front; then flew home with only stops for gassing, via Casablanca, the Azores and Newfoundland. After two days in the War Department I flew down to Pinehurst and saw your mother’s new house, staying two days. I brought her back with me as she had to go to the dentist. Intended to return this afternoon but are weather-bound; now plan to leave tomorrow at noon, I to take four days’ rest.2
The house at Pinehurst is very attractive and the surroundings are most agreeable, though I hit bad weather which restricted activities.
A V-mail letter from you3 came through while I was gone and I have seen all yours to your mother. She is in pretty good shape though was rather tired when I joined her at Pinehurst.
Things have quieted down somewhat in your part of the world and I suppose before long the French spring will produce a pleasant transformation.
It is still raining today but we take off at 11:15, lunch on plane and reach Pinehurst about one o’clock.
For lunch in my office yesterday I had your mother, and Mrs. Eisenhower, Eaker, Bedell Smith and McNarney—all of whose husbands I had just seen overseas.4
Incidentally, in Italy I saw Larry Ladue, General McCoy’s former ADC5 and that Air Corps lieutenant ADC to Brown whose mathematical preparations you helped prior to his going to an engineering assignment.
With my love,
Document Copy Text Source: Research File, Family Folder, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. Major Brown, General Marshall’s stepson, was serving with the Forty-fourth Antiaircraft Artillery Brigade.
2. General Marshall departed Washington, D.C., for Pinehurst, North Carolina, on Thursday, February 22, and returned Monday evening.
3. Major Brown’s incoming letter is not in the Marshall Papers.
4. General and Mrs. Marshall hosted a luncheon on February 21 for the wives of Generals Dwight D. Eisenhower, Ira C. Eaker, Walter Bedell Smith, and Joseph T. McNarney. Mrs. Eisenhower wrote a thank-you note to the chief of staff and concluded, “It always helps to get first hand news about our dear ones.” (Mamie Eisenhower to General and Mrs. Marshall, February 23, 1945, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, Selected].)
5. Colonel Laurence K. Ladue (U.S.M.A., 1924) had served as chief of staff of Fourth Corps since March 1944. Earlier he had served as aide-de-camp to Major General Frank R. McCoy at Seventh Corps Area headquarters at Omaha, Nebraska, from October 1933 to February 1935, when he transferred with McCoy to Sixth Corps Area headquarters at Chicago, Illinois, while General Marshall was stationed in Chicago.
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. 5, “The Finest Soldier,” January 1, 1945-January 7, 1947 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003), pp. 56-57.