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To Major General Preston Brown1
December 10, 1941 [Washington, D.C.]
I received the copy, with the note, of your letter of December 7th to The Adjutant General of the Army tendering your services in the present emergency. As a matter of fact, I had assumed such action on your part and you may be sure that when the place develops best suited to your talents—and I think I understand them pretty well—we will call on you.
It has been very gratifying to receive tenders of service from practically every one of our high ranking retired officers. General Pershing called me on the phone last night to tender his services in whatever capacity they could be utilized in view of his present physical condition. I think he would enjoy a fight much more than hospital treatment.
I transmitted yours and Susan’s messages to Katherine, who was pleased and appreciative.
As you can imagine, I am very busy.
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. Brown, who had known Marshall since mid-1910, was nearly seventy and had retired November 30, 1934. He informed the adjutant general’s office: “I am at the present moment as fit Physically, mentally, and professionally as I was when Chief of Staff of the Second Division at Chateau Thierry, Soissons, and Saint Mihiel, and as Commanding General of the Third Division in the Argonne.” (Brown to The Adjutant General, December 7, 1941, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, Selected]. Brown sent a copy of the letter to Marshall and added a brief note, including “a request for favorable action.”)
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. 12.