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To Sue McAlpine1
May 6, 1943 [Washington, D.C.]
I have just read your note of May third with the suggestion that I might possibly be present at the graduation of your High School class on Tuesday morning, June first.
In the first place, I am pleased that you should still be thinking of me, but it is quite impossible for me to say now just where I shall be on June first and if here whether I should find it possible to get to Frederick.
However, if you will refrain from nominating me as a principal for the occasion and see that no mention of my name is made, I shall keep the date in mind and if I am free I shall try to be there. I am having someone check to see if there is an airfield near Frederick that will take my plane because in that case I could get there in a very few minutes from my office here in the Pentagon.
The important thing from my point of view is that no one should have any intimation that I might be there, and also that if I do make the trip, that I do not interfere with the program other than to be added to it on the emergency basis of my arrival.
With my congratulations to you on the progress you are making,2
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. Sue was a daughter of retired Colonel Harrison McAlpine, whom Marshall had met while stationed at Vancouver Barracks, Washington. She invited the chief of staff to speak at her high school commencement on June 1 in Frederick, Maryland. (McAlpine to Marshall, May 3, , GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, General].)
2. Sue wrote that her scrap iron team, named for General Marshall, had won the recent scrap iron drive at school. In May the school was having a successful campaign to buy war bonds. (Ibid.) On May 26 Marshall left with Prime Minister Churchill for the Algiers Conference.
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. 3, “The Right Man for the Job,” December 7, 1941-May 31, 1943 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991), p. 684.