4-553 To Mrs. George S. Patton, Jr., October 25, 1944

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: October 25, 1944

Subject: World War II

To Mrs. George S. Patton, Jr.

October 25, [1944] [Washington, D.C.]

Dear Beatrice,

Thanks for your note of appreciation for the telegram which Pasco sent you.1

I saw George the second day after I arrived in France for a short period at his headquarters. Two days later I met him at the right flank of his Army and he accompanied me through all the Corps and Divisions of the Army so I had a good chance to see him and talk with him.

He looked in splendid health and in fine fettle and full of fight.

On my return to Washington I found a letter from him detailing what he had done to meet a request of mine to have someone look up my old landlady at Gondrecourt, France, with whom I had lived for six months. Actually he went himself, found that she had moved to the south of France after the death of her husband and of her son; learnt from the Mayor what had happened to her and arranged to have the Mayor transmit a nice letter he, George, had written to Madame Jouatte. He also took her a gift of sugar and coffee, I believe, but of course could not make delivery. It was most kind of him to do this personally, which I had no idea of his taking the time for. Incidentally, he told me that he went on down to Chaumont and looked over the chateau there and the caserne where the GHQ of the AEF was located.

Katherine has been scrapping with a bad cold which threatened sinus but I think she is on the mend now if she will just be careful.

Molly is still at Leesburg but will probably come up to Washington the end of the month. The children are well but have had the usual colds which, as a matter of fact, they passed on to Katherine.

Faithfully yours,

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. See the list of officers with whose next of kin the acting secretary of the General Staff was to communicate in McCarthy to Pasco, October 7, 1944, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #4-541 [4: 622, 624]. Mrs. Patton had written: “Your message that Georgie is `well and doing a good job’ came just at the time the papers were describing one of the toughest fights of the war. Can you imagine how it lifted my heart? I know you can.” (Patton to Marshall, October 12, 1944, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, Selected].)

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), pp. 637-638.

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