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To Second Lieutenant Allen T. Brown
April 28, 1944 Washington, D.C.
We very much enjoyed your recent letters; you have given us some good descriptions of what is going on. I received one that I have not shown to your mother because it referred to your physical condition. I am glad that you are not being troubled by the complaint. I am also glad that you went ahead with the proper examinations. I see that you are pleased with your new assignment to a tank platoon.
Molly leaves tomorrow night with Jimmie for Clayton.1 Jim meets her in Montgomery; his new camp is 50 miles south of Clayton where his division has been transferred from Little Rock. She is leaving Kitty here until she can arrange accommodations and also see how much permanence there is to Jim’s present assignment.
Your mother and I drove down yesterday evening to the country and did some gardening. I had gotten in at one o’clock from New York and then had quite an early start, 7:15 A.M. at the office; also had some work done on my eye and a tooth filled, so I went off for an afternoon of physical diversion. It was a beautiful spring day; everything is getting into bloom down there. Today it is raining hard.
I suppose the weather has greatly improved in Italy and you should have a period now of really delightful weather before it grows uncomfortably hot. Malaria is of course a great threat but Stayer is very much on the job and I imagine will see that necessary preventative measures are taken.2 We find in the South and Southwest Pacific in the jungles under the worst malarial conditions that we can reduce the incidents to one percent and then we get hard to work on it and have the proper malarial disciplining of the troops. It should be much easier to manage in Italy where there is no jungle.
I enjoyed your letters and I have this suggestion to make for your economy of effort. Why not write the first part of your letters purely for Madge and the remainder of the letters descriptions for her to read and mail to your mother, or if you write to your mother follow the same procedure?
Good luck to you.
Document Copy Text Source: Research File, Family Folder, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. Molly Brown Winn’s mother-in-law lived in Clayton, Alabama.
2. Major General Morrison C. Stayer was chief surgeon for the Mediterranean theater.
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. 439-440.