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To Mrs. Lesley J. McNair
April 26, 1943 [Washington, D.C.]
Dear Mrs. McNair,
Yesterday in Asheville, North Carolina, I received word of General McNair’s misfortune in Tunisia, but this morning I was delighted to receive another message, the contents of which have already been communicated to you, describing his wounds. The reference to his probably only being out of action for a few weeks is a most heartening implication.
I know that they will take every care and precaution in his favor, and I shall see that you are kept informed of his movements and improvement.1
With my sympathy,
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. Lieutenant General Lesley J. McNair was wounded on April 23, 1943, on the Tunisian front while observing American troops advance against German forces defending the approaches to Mateur. Fragments from a German shell explosion struck his head and shoulder. One fragment pierced McNair’s steel helmet, which was credited with saving his life by lessening the force and preventing it from reaching his brain. McNair left the hospital on April 27. Lieutenant General Ben Lear temporarily assumed McNair’s duties while he recovered. (New York Times, April 26, 1943, pp. 1, 4; April 27, p. 4; April 28, p. 8.)
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. 3, “The Right Man for the Job,” December 7, 1941-May 31, 1943 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991), pp. 662-663.