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Captain Alfred R. W. Dejonge1
to George C. Marshall
August 24, 1936 Detroit, Michigan
My dear Colonel Marshall:
Please accept my most sincere thanks for your kind letter of August 21.2 I am certain that I am expressing the feelings of all the officers who had the honor of serving under you on the staff of the 12th Brigade when I say that the teamwork of which you speak so graciously was made possible solely by your inspiring leadership. I shall always treasure this tour of duty as the high point of my military career. If in the future I shall be enabled to serve my Country in a more efficient manner when the call does come, I shall never lose sight of the fact that such better performance of duty is due to your untiring efforts and your great patience in the face of the natural shortcomings of reserve officers.
I do hope that the War Department will see fit to continue the type of training which the Second Army maneuvers gave us, not only every four years for each of the four Armies, but every two years at least. I am convinced that this was training which one could not possibly get in ten years of other activities and I trust that the powers that be will see that the great benefits which were derived from it should be made available as frequently as possible to all members of the military service, especially as the very small extra expense is negligible in comparison with the outstanding results obtained.
It was a rare privilege to be allowed to serve under you and I hope that you will do me the honor to call upon me whenever your steps lead you to Detroit.
Very respectfully yours,
Alfred R.W. DeJonge
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Illinois National Guard, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter signed.
1. DeJonge, of The Detroit Free Press and a Michigan Reserve officer, was assistant chief of staff, G-2, of the Twelfth Brigade at the Allegan, Michigan, maneuvers.
2. No copy of Marshall’s letter to DeJonge of August 21 has been found in the Marshall papers.
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. 1, “The Soldierly Spirit,” December 1880-June 1939 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1981), pp. 505-506.