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To Mrs. Thomas Monaghan
November 1, 1944 [Washington, D.C.]
My dear Mrs. Monaghan,
I must tell you that I appreciated very much your letter of October twenty-eighth and was deeply impressed by the courageous attitude you show in meeting the loss of your husband.1 There could be little doubt regarding the early end of the war were all those at home animated by the same patriotic and self-sacrificing spirit which you display.
Please accept again my deepest sympathy.
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 letters that Marshall had his office send to the next-of-kin of soldiers killed in action early in the war (see Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #3-040 [3: 49-50]) had by this time become printed sympathy cards. Of the one she received concerning her husband, a Rhode Island private killed in France, Mrs. Monaghan wrote: “I know how busy you must be, and yet you have time to send out a card of sympathy. That alone proves what a great man you are, and with a man like you leading our men into battle, I know this terrible war will be over soon, and all the boys over there will come home and start anew. My soldier will never come home, but knowing that he did his best, brings a little comfort to my heart. We, on the home front, are trying to do our best on the homefront, although we’ll never be as great as the boys over there.” (Monaghan to Marshall, October 28, 1944, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, General].)
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), p. 647.