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To Major General Charles D. Herron1
July 7, 1939 [Washington, D.C.]
I have just this moment read your letter of July 5th, and I hasten to tell you how sorry I am that I did not have the opportunity of seeing you and Mrs. Herron here in the States.2
In glancing over my hasty correspondence during the few days I was in Washington prior to sailing for Brazil, I note that my letter of appreciation of your congratulations was decidedly pro forma. You know, and I feel Mrs. Herron knows, that there are no people whose good will and good wishes I value more highly than yours, and, incidentally, whom I admire more.
Confidentially, I hope to get out to Hawaii, maybe this fall, possibly in September. This is a mere dream at the present time, but Arnold and I are trying to cook up a quick flight to the Coast, and then take the China clipper to Hawaii. Naturally I am not talking about it, but I hope it will be possible to find a way to do it both from the financial and administrative obligation standpoints.
My Brazilian venture was the hardest work I have ever done, but it was a wonderful trip and they put the big pot into the little one. However, I am no diplomat.
With my affectionate regards to you both,
P.S. Confidentially, Craig suggested Peyton as Deputy Chief of Staff, saying that he did not know whether I knew Peyton or not, and that I probably would not pay any attention to his suggestion.3 I laughed and told him that he was my room-mate and that if I brought in a V.M.I. man as Deputy Chief of Staff, I would probably start up a new war between the States.
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. Herron (U.S.M.A., 1899) and Marshall had been student officers at Fort Leavenworth between 1906 and 1908. During the World War, Herron had been chief of staff of the Seventy-eighth Division. He had been on duty with the General Staff in Washington, D.C., from June 1920 until August 1923. Between September 1935 and December 1936, he commanded the Sixth Field Artillery Brigade in Chicago, Illinois, and from January to September 1937, he commanded the Sixth Corps Area. Transferred to Hawaii, he commanded the Hawaiian Division from October 1937 to March 1938; since that time he had been commanding the Hawaiian Department.
2. From a train “somewhere in Kansas,” Herron wrote: “I was in Washington, you were in South America and I did not go back again after your return because I knew that you would be swamped for the first month—but not like some of the rest of them, for four years!” (Herron to Marshall, July 5, 1939, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, Selected].)
3. In his letter, Herron observed: “The general officers in and coming to the islands are a splendid lot, who work well and without friction. Perhaps I think the most of your friend [Brigadier General Philip B.] Peyton—he would make a magnificent G-1 for you—he is a real human being which is not true of all Army officers!” (Ibid.)
Recommended Citation: ThePapers of George Catlett Marshall, ed.Larry I. Bland, Sharon Ritenour Stevens, and Clarence E. Wunderlin, Jr.(Lexington, Va.: The George C. Marshall Foundation, 1981- ). Electronic version based on The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, vol. 2, “We Cannot Delay,” July 1, 1939-December 6, 1941 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1986), pp. 6-7.