4-397 To Mrs. Allen T. Brown, May 30, 1944

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: May 30, 1944

Subject: World War II

To Mrs. Allen T. Brown

May 30, 1944 Radio. Washington, D.C.

I have just received a message from General Clark commanding Fifth Army that Allen was killed in his tank by a German sniper at ten AM May 29th near Campoleone. General Clark has sent for Clifton. Katherine is leaving here by plane at ten o’clock for New York and will go direct to your apartment. Major Davenport of my staff will be with her in case there is anything that may arise that you wish to have done in connection with military channels. This is a distressing message to send and you have my deepest sympathy.1

Document Copy Text Source: Research File, Family Folder, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.

Document Format: Typed radio message.

1. On May 31 Lieutenant General Jacob L. Devers sent the following message to General Marshall: “I am sincerely sorry to report to you that Allen was killed in action on the 29th while leading his platoon in an attack west of Velletri. He was shot by a sniper when he stood up in his turret to observe the front with his field glasses.” (Devers to Marshall, Radio No. B-12811, May 31, 1944, GCMRL/Research File [Family].) Clifton Brown was present at his brother’s burial on May 30 in a cemetery near Anzio. (Clifton Brown to Mrs. George C. Marshall and Madge Brown, May 31, 1944, ibid.) General Marshall visited his stepson’s grave in June; see Marshall to Brown, June 23, 1944, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #4-418 [4: 487-89]. For the posthumous award of decorations, see Marshall to Brown, September 28, 1944, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #4-533 [4: 613-14]. Mrs. Marshall gives her account of Allen’s death in Katherine Tupper Marshall, Together: Annals of an Army Wife (New York: Tupper and Love, 1946), pp. 195-96, 200-203.

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. 468.

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