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To Major General Charles D. Herron
December 11, 1946 Nanking, China
I just learnt today of your great misfortune,1 though even now I only have a vague idea of what happened. But I am relieved to know that you have been making a remarkable recovery. Please accept my real sympathy and my regret that I have been so long learning of what happened.
Katherine left here by air for Guam four days ago and left there by Naval transport the following day.2 She will spend a month or two in Hawaii, in a bungalow at Fort De Russy I think.
My plans are of course undetermined, along with the hopes and sufferings of some hundreds of millions of people.
I did some foothill mountain climbing yesterday, flushing one deer and stretching my tendons quite a bit.
Katherine and I are looking forward to a quiet life at Leesburg and Pinehurst which we do not seem to be allowed to enjoy. She has been much concerned about her book, as she could not see the proofs or illustrations and when she left here had not yet received any of the criticisms. She did it in 3 months at Pinehurst, largely at night when she was troubled with insomnia.3
With affectionate regards to both of you and my sympathy,
G. C. Marshall
Document Copy Text Source: Research File, V3499, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Handwritten letter signed.
1. Herron, who lived in Bethesda, Maryland, had broken his back. Marshall had known him since they were student officers at the Infantry and Cavalry School at Fort Leavenworth in 1906.
2. On December 1, Mrs. Marshall wrote to Sally Chamberlin: “I will leave here by plane on Dec 8th arrive at Guam 10th. Board a Navy transport at Guam and arrive in Honolulu on Dec 20th where I will stay until Gen. M. comes through and picks me up on his way home. . . . I have no idea how long I will be there but expect until after X’mas anyhow maby into Feb. all depends on Gen M. and he has no idea as yet. Winter has come here in Nanking- snow wind & cold & my sinus is getting bad. So he wants me to get to a warm climate before I am too miserable to travel. Will pick me up when he can. I hate so to leave him right here at X’mas but he insists- so there is nothing else to do- and Honolulu is lovely- ideal for these winter months.” (K. T. Marshall to Chamberlin, December 1, 1946, GCMRL/K. T. Marshall Papers [Correspondence 1941-49].)
3. Regarding Mrs. Marshall’s memoir, see Marshall to Chamberlin, August 24, 1946, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #5-540 [5: 667-68]. Mrs. Marshall wrote on July 11 that her manuscript “has been gone over by Gen. M. and rearranged- . . . George likes the Title `I Married A Colonel’. He will not use [`]My husband- Gen M.[‘] because it sounds like a biography & he has declared many times he would not have one written.” (K. T. Marshall to Chamberlin, July 11, , ibid.) Within two days, however, she had settled on Together: Annals of an Army Wife. Review copies of the galleys were distributed in mid-October and the book was put on the “recommended” list of the Book-of-the-Month Club. (Tristram Tupper to Chamberlin, July 13 and October 19, 1946, ibid.) The book went on sale in November.
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. 759-760.