4-230 To Major General Maurice Thompson, February 7, 1944

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: February 7, 1944

Subject: World War II

To Major General Maurice Thompson1

February 7, 1944 [Washington, D.C.]

Dear General Thompson,

Thanks for your gracious note of February second. It was pleasant to hear from you and Mrs. Thompson again, and recalled very peaceful days. I must look up Orting on the map to see just where you are.

My life has been so disturbed since I left the Northwest that I have almost lost comprehension of pleasurable relaxation.

White’s death was a great shock to me and there have been so many other changes that it will be hard to reorient oneself after this tragic business is over. I was much interested to learn that your son-in-law is here in the Operations Section.2 He must be an excellent officer because that Division requires very high standards.

With my warm regards to Mrs. Thompson and you and my hope that your health is excellent,

Faithfully yours,

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. Thompson, retired from the Washington National Guard, was superintendent at State Soldiers’ Home in Orting, Washington. He had written to congratulate General Marshall on his January 31 radio message (see Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #4-222 [4: 259-60]), and he recalled their working together when Marshall was stationed at Vancouver Barracks and Thompson was at Fort Lewis. (Thompson to Marshall, February 2, 1944, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, General].)

2. Major General George A. White had been commanding general of the National Guard’s Forty-first Division. Marshall had written to him upon hearing that he was hospitalized: “I hope that you are not seriously involved because, from a rather selfish viewpoint, your continuance in command is very important to me during a period when so many Division commanders have to be relieved because of deficiencies in leadership qualifications.” (Marshall to White, November 5, 1941, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, Selected].) White died on November 23, 1941. General Marshall, in sending condolences to his wife, referred to White as an “outstanding soldier leader.” (Marshall Radio to Mrs. George A. White, November 24, 1941, ibid.)

Thompson’s son-in-law, Major C. B. McMath, Jr., a former officer of the 161st Infantry of the Washington National Guard, was assigned to the Pacific Division in the Operations Section. (Thompson to Marshall, February 2, 1944, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, General].)

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), p. 268.

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