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Editorial Note on Vancouver Barracks Assignment
Marshall arrived at Vancouver Barracks, Washington, on October 27, 1936, to assume command of the Third Division’s Fifth Brigade and to supervise the district’s Civilian Conservation Corps camps in Oregon and southern Washington. Having completed a leisurely three-week sightseeing drive west, accompanied by Mrs. Marshall and Molly, he was welcomed by Colonel Henry Hossfeld, commander of the Seventh Infantry and acting commander of the post prior to Marshall’s arrival, and a formal ceremony (even though he had telegraphed that he wanted to enter the post quietly). Stationed at a historic post in beautiful country, Marshall was again back with troops. Mrs. Marshall later wrote: “Thus began two of the happiest years of our life." (K. T. Marshall, Together, pp. 22-24.)
Sixteen years later, Marshall pleasantly recalled his years at Vancouver Barracks. “Altogether, we experienced one of our most delightful periods of Army service and one that we look back on with additional warmth because there followed from the very month we left the Northwest long years of fearful strain and struggle with a world turmoil which has not yet subsided.
“Those days along the rivers of the Northwest, among its magnificent mountains, and by the picturesque seashore appealed to us as a pleasant dream in comparison with the troubled days that followed.
“The best that I can say today is that we would love to live those two years over again, each day as it was, each of our friends as they were." (Inclosure to Marshall to David W. Eyre, September 4, 1952, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Retirement].)
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), p. 513.