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To Private Allen T. Brown
June 16,  [Washington, D.C.]
I am sorry I cannot see you get your commission but I imagine your interest will be completely engaged with the presence of Madge.1
I shall be greatly interested to hear how you actually came out in your stand [class standing], as I have followed the grades you have given your mother. Quite evidently you have put your heart into this business and worked to the limit.
Now that you are entering into a new status, accept my caution to organize for the long pull and do not permit yourself to be upset by irritations, misunderstandings, disappointments, and so forth, en route. These are all normal to an Army career in time of war and one must keep his head well above water and cultivate a certain philosophy along with a tenacity of purpose.
I saw your note to your mother—she sent it up from Leesburg—regarding the 3rd or 5th Armored Divisions. I shall look into the matter. If you would care to get an immediate assignment to an Armored Division in Africa I possibly could arrange that. Anyway, let me know your reaction.
I am pretty busy trying to catch up with an accumulation of work which occurred during my absence in Africa.
Let me know a few days in advance of your time of departure from Knox on leave. Possibly I may be able to get you an airplane ride as far as Washington and maybe from here to New York.
With my congratulations on your work of the past six months and my love,
Document Copy Text Source: Research Files, Family folder, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. Brown’s wife, Margaret.
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. 17.