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To Second Lieutenant Allen T. Brown
December 27, 1943 [Washington D.C.]
On my return to Washington I received your letter telling me of the mix-up with General Arnold. I am sorry he advertised you to your unit. I had cautioned him about this and thought that he could manage the business without giving you away. I had been specifically (somewhat violently) charged to see you by your mother and the best I could do was to have Arnold act as my emissary. At least you got one good meal.
I had to leave immediately from Cairo after I came back from Persia or Iran, and head for India and Australia. Therefore I did not get to visit the Army in Italy much to my disappointment. The trip was pretty strenuous, long in the air and very pressing on the ground. However, I was blessed with good weather throughout until Los Angeles and there I had to delay overnight because of a front in the mountains of the Cascades. I got back here to find your mother well and Molly and the children also well. Molly, as a matter of fact, did not arrive from Arkansas until the next day. She came in with Jim.1 He was to leave tomorrow by air for his unit but a few minutes ago Colonel Sexton told me that flights would probably not be possible and they are now (3:00 P.M.) trying to get him in here in time to catch the 4:30 train—if they can get a reservation on that train.
Your mother came in with me from Leesburg last night and goes back tomorrow.
We had a fine Christmas dinner and missed you and Clifton but drank your health in champagne. Allene and Molly and Jim were with us. Jimmy sat up at the table for a portion of the meal. Kitty slept.2 It snowed and then sleeted—and to an extent which began to break down limbs. Today there is a bright sun and it is getting warm.
I see from my chart that you are not engaged, and I imagine from the state of the weather and the character of the terrain it will be some time before you are.3
Someone gave me several cases of oranges in California and your mother sent one to Madge. We had a note from Madge saying she and Tupper were well and were lined up for Christmas as favorably as possible without you.4
With my love, affectionate greetings, and every wish for your success and your safety in the New Year,
Document Copy Text Source: Research File, Family Folder, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. Lieutenant Colonel James J. Winn’s unit—the 872d Field Artillery Battalion of the Sixty-sixth Infantry Division—was stationed at Camp Robinson, Arkansas.
2. Allene Tupper Wilkes was Mrs. Marshall’s sister. Molly Winn’s children were James (twenty-five months) and Katherine (ten months).
3. Brown was with the Third Battalion, Thirteenth Armored Regiment, First Armored Division. His unit had moved into Italy in November; during December it was part of Second Corps’ reserve during the drive along Highway No. 6 through the Germans’ Winter Line near San Pietro.
4. Allen Tupper Brown, Jr., was twenty-seven months old.
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. 209-210.