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To Rear Admiral Walter S. Anderson1
August 8, 1938 [Washington, D.C.]
My dear Admiral:
I was extremely pleased to have you remember me in your cordial note which came this morning. Both Mrs. Marshall and I have retained such pleasant recollections of our brief contact with you in Portland last summer that we commented on the fact that we would not have the opportunity of seeing you again this year. So I am much pleased to find that you still have me in mind, and I am very sorry that we did not have the pleasure of meeting and entertaining Mrs. Anderson.
I find Washington quite a contrast to the Northwest, and desk duty an even greater contrast to my duties out there. I am afraid I am a country boy when it comes to this city business.
I leave here early tomorrow morning by plane with General Andrews of the GHQ Air Force2 and fly out to Spokane, Seattle, and Vancouver Barracks, then to Hamilton Field, near San Francisco, and March Field, near Los Angeles. From the last point we go up to Denver and then down to San Antonio and on by Louisiana to Washington. I expect to be gone until the 18th. I wish my stops on the West Coast, near Los Angeles, were not to be so brief, as I might have an opportunity to see you.
Mrs. Marshall did not stop in Washington, but continued on to her cottage on Fire Island, where she will be until the middle of September.
With warm regards, and trusting that I may have the pleasure of seeing you in Washington this winter,
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. Anderson (U.S.N.A., 1903) commanded the Fourth cruiser Division from the U.S.S. Northampton out of San Pedro, California.
2. One of the most significant changes in the war Department in the generation after the World war was the growth of a comparatively autonomous Army Air Force. In 1918 the Air Service became a branch of the army; in 1926 it received the name “Air Corps." General Headquarters Air Force was established in 1935 at Langley Field, Virginia, to coordinate and to command in combat the army’s tactical air units. Colonel Frank M. Andrews (U.S.M.A., 1906) had been promoted to temporary major general on December 27, 1935, and given command of General Headquarters Air Force.
Recommended Citation: The Papers 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. 1, “The Soldierly Spirit,” December 1880-June 1939 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1981), p. 616.