4-006 To Major General Alvan C. Gillem, Jr., June 11, 1943

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: June 11, 1943

Subject: World War II

To Major General Alvan C. Gillem, Jr.1

June 11, 1943 [Washington, D.C.]

Dear Gillem:

I received your note of June third this morning with reference to the graduation of my stepson, Allen Tupper Brown, on June nineteenth, with the invitation for me to address the graduating class.

I appreciate the courtesy of your note and proposal as well as that of General Holly and I am sorry that I cannot accept.2 The fact of the matter is, I had very much hoped that Allen could get through the School without his identity being disclosed, and I ask you now to see that his graduation bears no comment on his connection with me. The fact that it is known that he is my stepson denies him a good bit of the credit for earning his own way and I am distressed that it has become public.

Please ask General Holly to do his best to see that there is no public comment regarding Allen’s connection with me. I hope you do not misunderstand my feelings in this matter.

I think I shall see you Monday morning but I am sending a copy of this letter to you by air mail direct and a copy to General Holly.

Faithfully yours,

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

Document Format: Typed letter.

1. Gillem had been commanding general of the Armored Force, Fort Knox, Kentucky, since May 17, 1943.

2. Brigadier General Joseph A. Holly (U.S.M.A., 1919) had been commandant of the Armored School at Fort Knox since March 1943.

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), p. 9.

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