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To Major General Follett Bradley
December 29, 1943 [Washington, D.C.]
I learned on my return home that your retirement had been accomplished and you were taking an important job, on a generous basis so far as your health was concerned, with the Sperry people. I am awfully glad that you can do this and have something important to engage your attention.
I felt very badly about you because I wanted to see you while you were in the hospital and arranged several times to make the trip, but always something interfered. I felt that you had made a great contribution and a great personal sacrifice in a most gallant manner, and I was distressed over the result to your health. Now, as I said before, I am so glad that you are on your feet to the extent that you can take up an important job. Please be very careful and you will probably live much longer than I will, though I am pretty careful.1
With every good wish for the New Year,
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. Bradley had spent much of his time in the Soviet Union on various air-related missions between June 1942 and October 1943. He was to become president of the Sperry Gyroscope Company. He retired from the army officially on April 30, 1944.
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. 214-215.