4-047 To Mrs. James J. Winn, July 13, 1943

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: July 13, 1943

Subject: World War II

To Mrs. James J. Winn1

July 13, [1943] [Washington, D.C.]

Dear Molly,

Thanks for your long letter. I am relieved to learn how splendidly you are getting along and how the children have developed.

I notified your mother the other day that Giraud would take informal midday dinner with us Sunday accompanied by one other officer. She immediately came up to Washington to put on a splurge and spent Friday and Saturday morning here with me. Unfortunately I was involved for every meal each day except breakfast so really did not have an opportunity to see her until we drove down to Leesburg late Saturday afternoon.

Giraud’s visit here of course involved me in a great many engagements. I met him Wednesday morning [July 7], took him to the White House for tea Wednesday afternoon, gave him a dinner for forty at the Mayflower Wednesday night, had an official meeting with Giraud Thursday morning and luncheon with him and the President and two others Thursday noon. Friday there was another luncheon for him here at the Pentagon followed by a Staff meeting in the afternoon and a dinner for him at the White House Friday night.

We had a pleasant weekend at Leesburg except that your mother was heavily involved in arrangements for Giraud’s luncheon. I did my usual work up to a half hour beforehand. He arrived at 12:00 and left at 3:30. The place was full of FBI men who occupied Fleet2 and kept him out of the house.

Monday [July 5] I went to Boston with Admiral King, boarded a new Naval vessel and landed at Norfolk Wednesday morning, flying up to Washington.3 This week promises to be a little quieter than last but there is a great deal happening which involves my attention.

Allen arrives late Friday night by air from Louisville. I shall take him down to Leesburg Saturday and bring him back Sunday night. He will fly up to Mitchel Field Monday morning en route to Fire Island for ten days’ leave before joining his unit.4

He apparently has done very well and made a high stand, but in his last letter he started on the business of reforming all other second lieutenants according to his rigid code. I shall try to prevail on him to concentrate on his own affairs and allow the rest of the Army to exist in the meantime until he arrives at a sufficient position of command to control the activities of other people.

With my love to you both,


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

Document Format: Typed letter.

1. Marshall’s stepdaughter.

2. The Marshalls’ dalmatian.

3. Marshall had traveled on the new aircraft carrier Lexington (CV-16), which had been commissioned March 17, 1943.

4. Allen Brown was scheduled to report in mid-August to the First Armored Division, which at this time was resting and refitting near Rabat, Morocco. Mrs. Marshall owned a cottage on Fire Island, New York.

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. 57-58.

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