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To Major General Omar N. Bradley1
December 23,  Washington, D.C.
When I read the first section of your note of December nineteenth I thought it was leading up to an invitation to me, but I discovered it was a report of operations. I was very glad to get this personal touch from you.
As a matter of fact, I have made several efforts down at Lady Lewis’, but the weather has usually been against me, entirely too pleasant, and my time too limited.2 I have gotten some canvasbacks and black duck, and have been shooting far better than heretofore. Saturday afternoon Arnold and I went over into Maryland on the Chesapeake and got in two hours of shooting. I got two ducks and four pheasant, and a couple of quail. If we had had more time we could have gotten quite a fine bag. We picked up the ducks by slipping up on the shoreline and getting a shot as they rose from the water. I went down to Manassas with Arnold one afternoon but they were not able to show us any birds. I got one shot and one quail but I had a fine dinner.
Of course we are very busy; it usually seems a little busier each day. The office is constantly changing. The other weekend for three days McCarthy was Secretary of the General Staff and Pasco was his principal assistant, both young Reserve officers. Smith was with us for a few days three weeks ago and had a hard time getting back, though his delays were suffered in pleasant surroundings in Bermuda. He is now in Algiers.3
The plot grows and thickens and becomes more complicated. I often wonder if I shall ever be free to sit down and relax with my own affairs. God knows I have no other ambition except the early and successful culmination of the war.
I have felt rather badly about you, but also felt sure you would understand, in holding you with your Division. I think they have asked for you five or six times to command a Corps, each of which I disapproved because I thought we must not have such rapid changes in National Guard units we are trying to build up. You need have no fear of being passed over and that your name will not be considered for interesting Task Force assignments.
With my Christmas greetings and all good wishes for you in the New Year,
G. C. Marshall
Document Copy Text Source: Omar N. Bradley Papers, U.S. Military Academy Library, West Point, New York.
Document Format: Typed letter signed.
1. Omar N. Bradley had been promoted to major general and moved from the post of commandant of the Infantry School to that of commanding general of the Eighty-second Infantry Division in February 1942; in June he was given command of the Twenty-eighth Infantry Division, formerly part of the Pennsylvania National Guard, which was stationed at Camp Livingston, Louisiana.
2. Norma Bowler Lewis, of Oklahoma, was the wife of Sir Willmott H. Lewis, Washington correspondent of The Times of London. The Lewises had a country estate in Virginia called Sycamore Landing.
3. Frank McCarthy, who was to be promoted to lieutenant colonel on December 24, and Captain H. Merrill Pasco (V.M.I., 1937), a lawyer, were assistant secretaries of the General Staff. Concerning Walter B. Smith’s Washington visit, see note 1, Marshall to Eisenhower, December 1, 1942, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #3-430 [3: 462-63].
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), pp. 490-491.