4-586 To Mrs. Jerome G. Pillow, November 16, 1944

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: November 16, 1944

Subject: World War II

To Mrs. Jerome G. Pillow

November 16, 1944 [Washington, D.C.]

Dear Mrs. Pillow:

Thank you for your gracious little note which reached me a few days ago. You were very sweet and thoughtful to send me your good wishes on my birthday. However, to be very honest I had been hoping that we could end this war in Europe and somebody else could take my place for the finish in the Pacific. Six years of this business is far too long. It was my intention when first appointed, to retire at the end of two years and it has continued to be the almost daily thought of Mrs. Marshall and mine.

I hope you are in good health. If I should be flying in the vicinity of Atchison I certainly shall try to look you up.

With my thanks again and very best wishes,

Faithfully yours,

P.S. I always remember our intimate social contacts more or less in the Packard Plant or in the garage basement of 2400 16th Street. All that seems a long time ago, doesn’t it?1

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. The Marshalls lived at 2400 Sixteenth Street, N.W., Washington, D.C., from late 1919 to mid-1924. Between mid-1919 and mid-1920, Pillow (U.S.M.A., 1901), a Cavalry major at the time, was a member of the War Department General Staff. He retired in 1938 and became a vice-president and director of the Exchange National Bank of Atchison, Kansas.

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. 669-670.

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