3-077 To Major General George S. Patton, Jr., January 26, 1942

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: January 26, 1942

Subject: World War II

To Major General George S. Patton, Jr.

January 26, 1942 [Washington, D.C.]

Dear Patton:

Thanks for your note of January 22d.1 You have made a fine record with the Second Armored Division, and I have been particularly glad that time and maneuvers permitted your thorough development as a division commander. You should now be able to make a great contribution to the armored force as corps commander.

With warm regards to Beatrice and you.

Faithfully yours,

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. Patton had been promoted to major general on April 4, 1941, and given command of the Second Armored Division at Fort Benning, Georgia. On January 15, 1942, he was promoted to commanding general of the First Armored Corps. Patton had written: “The best thanks I can offer you is to assure you that if I fail, it would not be for lack of trying to succeed.” (Patton to Marshall, January 22, 1942, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, Selected].)

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. 3, “The Right Man for the Job,” December 7, 1941-May 31, 1943 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991), p. 85.

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