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To Second Lieutenant Allen T. Brown
March 21, 1944 Washington, D.C.
Last night I saw a letter from you to your mother telling of your presence with the New Zealanders. For the past few days we have been reading of their hard fighting around Cassino and the papers have been filled with photographs of the bombardments and destruction. So you are in the thick of things, which I know is much to your taste.1
You wrote me a confidential letter some time back about your physical condition. I wish you would send me another, addressed to the Office of the Chief of Staff, giving me another frank account of how you are feeling physically. Another point, you have not mentioned whether or not your connection with me has become public property. Are you still incognito?
Flap and Ruth spent Saturday night and Sunday with us. He looks quite well, having had eight teeth pulled but is on limited service status and is returning to the hospital at Nashville.
Your mother turned her ankle in her bedroom and has it taped up. She was on crutches for part of the first day.
Have just received a report of another island captured from the Japs in the Pacific which effectually pens off some 80,000 who will be left to starve as we are sinking all their vessels and barges. An unusually interesting operation is now under way in Burma where a large force has been landed 150 miles in rear of Japanese lines, with transport, antiaircraft air warning, etc. It is giving them a bad time already with worse to follow I hope.
Our data shows that the bombing over Germany is producing tremendous results in the way of destroying German air, in the air, on the ground and in the factory. The Russians are surging steadily ahead and now are about to enter Bessarabia. The going is very hard where you are but the enemy is having a terrible time all over the world.2
Document Copy Text Source: Research File, Family Folder, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed memorandum.
1. See note 2, Marshall to Brown, March 1, 1944, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #4-272 [4: 320], and note 1, Marshall to Brown, March 11, 1944, #4-285 [4: 336].
2. Marshall’s secretary wrote the following at the bottom of this document: “C/S added to this in pen.”
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. 358-359.