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To Private F. Warren Pershing
February 9, 1942 Washington, D.C.
I was delighted to learn of your enlistment, and I know it is going to make your father very pleased and proud.1
So far we have been successful in suppressing publicity, and I have had instructions issued to the Commandant at Fort Belvoir that every effort will be made to avoid it during your stay at that station.
I am sure you will derive a considerable degree of personal satisfaction from having adopted this course and I feel certain that you will do honor to the name.
With all good luck,
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. Pershing enlisted on February 4 and was at the Fort Dix Reception Center in New Jersey awaiting transfer to the Fort Belvoir Engineer Replacement Training Center in Virginia.
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), p. 102.