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To Ray Beall Coll
March 22, 1944 [Washington, D.C.]
When I received your letter of March eighth I tried to remember when was the last time I had seen you. I don’t believe I have seen you since your marriage, possibly I may have seen you about 1905. In any event I was glad to regain touch with you.1
I had the status of Lieutenant Coll looked into with a view to his being changed to an aviation engineering assignment. I find that he is a first pilot in the crew of a bomb group and to reassign him at this particular time would mean another first pilot would have to be assigned in his place which would delay the readiness of his crew. Due to the advanced state of the training of his particular unit and because of the urgent demand for men overseas, the Air people tell me that it would be to the disadvantage of the Service to accomplish his transfer at this particular time.
I am sorry that I cannot give a more favorable answer to your letter. However, I seldom ever personally intervene in such matters, otherwise there would be either complete confusion or great embarrassments.
Thank you for your gracious reference to me, and with warm regards to you and Charlie,
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. Ray Beall Coll, who was living in Montreal, was a friend of the family from Marshall’s youth. She had written to Marshall requesting that her nephew, a first lieutenant in the Air Corps, be considered for transfer to an Air Service Command where his training in aeronautical engineering might be better utilized. He was presently assigned as a pilot on a B-17 in a bombardment squadron.
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), pp. 361.