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To Major General Bruce Magruder
January 20, 1944 [Washington, D.C.]
I had not heard of you for a long time and was very much pleased to learn yesterday from General McNair that you were doing a splendid job at Camp Wolters. Frankly I had been checking up on all training installation commanders to make certain that our efforts were going forward at top speed; therefore my inquiry was of a critical nature, and General McNair’s commendation all the more impressive.1
With warm regards,
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. Magruder was the commanding general of the Infantry Replacement Training Center at Camp Wolters, Texas. “When I say I appreciate very much your kind letter,” Magruder replied, “I am thinking not only of my satisfaction in knowing that you feel we are alert to the seriousness and importance of our job, but also of the fact that you took time from your manifold duties to let me know it. Your fine leadership is an inspiration to all, and deserves the very best from each and every one of us.” (Magruder to Marshall, January 28, 1944, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, General].) For Marshall’s 1939 advice to Magruder not to overwork, see Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #2-027 [2: 31-32].)
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. 243-244.