5-155 To Mrs. John J. Singer, June 5, 1945

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: June 5, 1945

Subject: World War II

To Mrs. John J. Singer

June 5, 1945 [Washington, D.C.]

Dear Marie,

I was sorry to learn the other day that you had been having a rather hard time physically. I hope that now you are completely recovered and about on your way up to Pike Run,1 though it has been so very chilly that I imagine you would wait until the warm summer weather really develops.

Katherine is down at Leesburg where I spent the last weekend. Molly comes up this afternoon with Jimmy to go to the circus with me, a box having been placed at my disposal.2 They go back to Leesburg tomorrow morning.

I have been due to leave for the Pacific for the last two weeks but have not yet gotten off and I am still uncertain as to just when I might go. Strange to say, I have been busier and having a harder time since the shut-down in Europe than at any period for a long time. The affairs of the Army and global war matters in general can be very difficult, not to mention a hundred side details which come to the front almost daily. However, I should be very grateful for the outcome to date.

Molly received a letter from Mrs. Smith who had apparently recovered entirely from her bout with pneumonia. She was very nice to Katherine and Molly and the children while they were at Pinehurst, and did a great deal for their pleasure.3

Give my love to Mary Bovard.4



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. Concerning his sister’s summer quarters at Pike Run Country Club, see note 2, Marshall to Singer, May 14, 1945, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #5-132 [5: 187].

2. For a photograph of Marshall, H. Merrill Pasco, and Pasco’s son at the circus, see #23 following p. 224.

3. The editors have been unable to identify the Mrs. Smith to whom Marshall refers.

4. Bovard was a family friend from Greensburg, Pennsylvania.

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. 214-215.


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