5-132 To Mrs. John J. Singer, May 14, 1945

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: May 14, 1945

Subject: World War II

To Mrs. John J. Singer

May 14, 1945 [Washington, D.C.]

Dear Marie,

I don’t recall the roster on our correspondence but as a rule you write to me after I write to you, so I shall stir up a letter with this note.

The weather has finally turned summerish today, though it is still not very warm.

Katherine and I went to Leesburg Sunday morning after a couple of hours here in the War Department for me, to attend the prayer service directed by the President.1 I read the Second Lesson.

We had a picnic lunch on the stone court afterwards and worked at transplanting all afternoon. Specifically I got in two dozen tomato plants (some earlier ones had been frostbitten), three dozen perennial phlox, about four dozen annual phlox, two dozen chrysanthemums, a row of corn and half a dozen blackberry bushes. Katherine put in quite a bit of border stuff in the way of small plants, portulaca, etc. The job was rather hard because I had to do a great deal of heavy weeding and uprooting of perennials which had spread too much, notably Bouncing Bet.

My garden is coming along very well. We have been eating lettuce and radishes and onions for some time and I have peas, string and lima beans, beets, and squash, well up. My potatoes were not caught by the frost and the first planting of corn is about four inches high.

I think that Molly will go down with the children about Wednesday or Thursday now that it is turning warmer. Katherine will go with her but will probably come back for two or three days a week with me. Most confidentially, I may be off to the Pacific for a considerable period, three or four weeks and she will stay at Leesburg during that period.

I suppose you will be leaving for Pike Run early in June when your morale will be raised accordingly.2

With my love,



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. On May 8, 1945, President Truman announced Germany’s unconditional surrender, and he issued a proclamation that Sunday, May 13, be a day of prayer. “I call upon the people of the United States, whatever their faith, to unite in offering joyful thanks to God for the victory we have won and to pray that He will support us to the end of our present struggle and guide us into the way of peace,” proclaimed Truman. “I also call upon my countrymen to dedicate this day of prayer to the memory of those who have given their lives to make possible our victory.” (New York Times, May 9, 1945, p. 5; May 14, 1945, p. 1.)

2. Marshall’s sister had written in mid-April that she would soon be with her friends and golfing at Pike Run Country Club in Jones Mill, Pennsylvania. General Marshall visited his sister at the club on July 5. “I thoroughly enjoyed my brief stay with you and was delighted to see you looking so well and in such agreeable surroundings,” Marshall wrote on July 6. “Anyone who shoots 9 holes on their third try of the season in 41 requires no sympathy from me, or worry on my part, especially when I think of the views, cool breezes and the pleasant company that are yours.” (Singer to Marshall, April 17, 1945, and Marshall to Singer, July 6, 1945, 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. 5, “The Finest Soldier,” January 1, 1945-January 7, 1947 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003), pp. 186-187.

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