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To Major General Walton H. Walker
March 22, 1943 [Washington, D.C.]
I received your note of the seventeenth regarding Sam and I am glad that you gave me the details of his present status.1 It seems to me you have done the wise thing. It also appears to me that Sam made a remarkably fine showing at the VMI, and I assume he will do much the same at West Point. I am so glad that you got the appointment for him. However, you might tell him that I doubt if at the Military Academy anybody will pull down the blind to keep the sun out of his eyes for his 7:30 nap.
Katherine had a very interesting letter from Caroline giving her all the details. Molly has a three-weeks old little girl, who along with a sixteen-months old little boy has turned our house into a lively institution. Her husband has just gone to the Artillery of a new Division at Camp Blanding, Florida.2 He had been at Bragg and then took a short course at Sill.
I am off this afternoon for Mississippi, Georgia, and several other points, with Anthony Eden.3
With warm regards,
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. Walker was commanding general of the Fourth Armored Corps Desert Training Center at Camp Young, California; the Fourth Armored Corps would transfer the next week to Camp Campbell, Kentucky. Walker reported that his son Sam would enter the United States Military Academy on July 1. Sam had been an honor student at the Virginia Military Institute for the last year and a half. The elder Walker had been concerned about Sam’s poor eyesight but was relieved when he passed the physical examination for entrance to West Point. (Walker to Marshall, March 17, 1943, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, General].)
2. Lieutenant Colonel James J. Winn was commander of the 872d Field Artillery Battalion of the Sixty-sixth Infantry Division.
3. For more information about this inspection trip to the South, see Marshall to Mrs. Leven C. Allen, March 25, 1943, and Marshall to Mrs. Robert E. Dismukes, March 25, 1943, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #3-566-#3-567 [3: 602-3]. For Eden’s account of the trip, see The Reckoning: The Memoirs of Anthony Eden, Earl of Avon (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1965), pp. 433-34.
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. 601.