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To Mrs. John R. Berry1
November 14, 1940 [Washington, D.C.]
Dear Mrs. Berry:
I have just finished reading your letter telling me that two of your sons have taken their places in the Army, and pledging, as a mother, your full support to me and to them in this emergency. Nothing could be more reassuring to me than this evidence of the desire of a mother to contribute all within her power to the support of the Government in its efforts to keep this portion of a tragic world free of the horrors of war.
I appreciate most sincerely your writing as you did, and I assure you that if on my inspections I find the opportunity, it will be a pleasure for me to meet your boys.
Thank you for your invitation for me to return to Savannah. Mrs. Marshall and I have never forgotten our service there and would welcome an opportunity to return.
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. A Savannah, Georgia, resident who remembered Marshall from his assignment at nearby Fort Screven in 1932 and 1933, Mrs. Berry had written that two of her sons were now “a part of your great and glorious Army” and that she was “behind you and them 100%.” (Berry to Marshall, October 26, 1940, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, General].)
Recommended Citation: ThePapers of George Catlett Marshall, ed.Larry I. Bland, Sharon Ritenour Stevens, and Clarence E. Wunderlin, Jr.(Lexington, Va.: The George C. Marshall Foundation, 1981- ). Electronic version based on The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, vol. 2, “We Cannot Delay,” July 1, 1939-December 6, 1941 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1986), p. 350.