1-407 To Major General Frank R. McCoy, June 15, 1936

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: June 15, 1936

To Major General Frank R. McCoy

June 15, 1936 Chicago, Illinois

Dear General:

We miss you and Francis [Frances] increasingly as time goes on. Not a day passes without regrets being expressed over your transfer.1 Keehn was deploring it this morning; the Monroes and the Hammonds were doing the same last evening at our place—also the Mersheys.2

I have been up in Michigan twice with Gen. Kilbourne—last Wednesday and Friday.3 They were out with us for the afternoon and dinner, last evening. Ridgeway took Peggy to Washington Friday for an operation this week. He came back this morning. I imagine it is serious.

Our bloodhound Ponty, is enjoying the country more than any of us. He roams free all day, pals with a colt—racing all over a pasture with him most of the day. Molly and I are playing tennis with several agreeable couples. My arm is sore but does not pain seriously.

Thick cream, fresh eggs, strawberries fresh from the vines, and lettuce plucked and eaten within the hour, are country pleasures we are enjoying. We live outside the house. Katherine has painted everything but the grass and trees, and gardens vigorously. I wish you were in St. Charles in that lovely house there. It is too bad, but I hope and suppose that you are deeply and agreeably engaged in New York affairs. Why don’t you establish a summer CP on Lake George or Champlain?

With affectionate regards to you both,

Faithfully yours,

G. C. Marshall

Document Copy Text Source, Frank R. McCoy Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

Document Format: Handwritten letter signed.

1. McCoy commanded the Second Army and Sixth corps Area until May 1, 1936, when he was transferred to Governors Island, New York, to command the Second Corps Area.

2. Guy Murchie was a Chicago Tribune reporter.

3. On June 1, 1936, Major General Charles E. Kilbourne (V.M.I., 1894) assumed command of the Second Army and the Sixth Corps Area. During the World War he had served with the Eighty-ninth Division in France (May-October, 1918). Kilbourne had taught at the Army War College (1920-24) and had been assistant chief of staff, War Plans Division (August 24 1932-February 14, 1935).

Recommended Citation: The Papers 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. 1, “The Soldierly Spirit,” December 1880-June 1939 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1981), p. 494.

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