5-340 To Mrs. Harry L. Hopkins, January 30, 1946

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: January 30, 1946

Subject: China

To Mrs. Harry L. Hopkins

January 30, 1946 Radio No. WCL-42543 [Chungking, China]

General Marshall asks that the following message be forwarded to you:1

“Dear Louise: You have had a great sorrow and I have lost a great friend for whom I had a deep affection and the utmost admiration.2 He was a heroic and unique figure of the war. He rendered a service to his country which will never even vaguely be appreciated.

“I deplore the fact that I did not see him before I left home. I shall never forget him or the great services he rendered.

Signed George Marshall.”

Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, Selected Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia..

Document Format: Typed radio message.

1. Marshall’s original message had been sent (in the clear but marked “Above all Else”) to the Office of the Chief of Staff for retransmittal by the War Department.

2. Hopkins died in a New York City hospital on January 29 at age fifty-five. Marshall released the following statement to the press. “I am greatly distressed by the news of the death of Harry Hopkins. I had a warm affection for him as a friend and as a strong support in critical moments of the war. To me he was one of the most courageous and self-sacrificing figures of the war, the least appreciated and the most misunderstood.” (GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [China Mission, General].)

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. 5, “The Finest Soldier,” January 1, 1945-January 7, 1947 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003), p. 434.

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