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Editorial Note on First American Casualties
November 3, 1917
In response to the raid, not only did the French reduce the restrictions on the American troops under their command, but they staged an elaborate funeral for the three dead men. Both Marshall’s memorandum on the ceremony and General Bordeaux’s speech are printed in Marshall’s Memoirs, pp. 48-50. General Pershing’s headquarters_“still in the business of trying to command minor units,” Marshall later recalled (Marshall Interviews, p. 208)_demanded an immediate report from Marshall and convened a board of officers to investigate and to draw lessons from the raid.
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. 1, “The Soldierly Spirit,” December 1880-June 1939 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1981), pp.126-127.