4-032 To Second Lieutenant Allen T. Brown, June 29, 1943

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: June 29, 1943

Subject: World War II

To Second Lieutenant Allen T. Brown

June 29, 1943 [Washington, D.C.]

Dear Allen:

I received your letter last night and telephoned its major contents to your mother at Leesburg.1 I have Colonel McCarthy2 this morning looking into ways and means to change your assignment and seeing if he can pick up a ride for you from Knox to Washington. It will be easy enough to arrange a flight from here to Mitchel Field, New York.

I think in all probability you will be ordered here for some sort of temporary duty and your leave arranged from this end, and your departure for the new assignment controlled from here. I hope that McCarthy can arrange things in an unobtrusive manner, but I feel quite differently about intervening in this way when it is a move to the front rather than the opposite, or a favoritism in gaining an appointment. However, with this start the rest of the course will entirely lie with you.

I congratulate you on the fine grades you made and reports you got. Also I was impressed with your comments regarding self restraint, particularly the fact that you had only recently become fully aware of what I was talking about. If you got this point everything you did, regardless of the reason, was well worth while.3

Tris has apparently fallen on his feet, with a very responsible and interesting job in England.4 I hope he does not commit the error of working beyond his strength and folding up, or allowing discouraging complications to wilt his morale.

With my love,


Document Copy Text Source: Research File, Family Folder, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.

Document Format: Typed letter.

1. The editors have not found this letter.

2. Lieutenant Colonel Frank McCarthy, Jr., was an assistant secretary of the General Staff.

3. For Marshall’s previous advice to his stepson, see Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #4-017 [4: 17], Marshall to Brown, June 16, 1943.

4. Colonel Tristram Tupper, Mrs. Marshall’s brother, was the public relations officer at Headquarters, European Theater of Operations.

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. 40-41.

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