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General Malin Craig to George C. Marshall
June 30, 1939 Washington, D.C.
My dear George:
When I tell you goodbye I shall not be able to say the many things in my heart that should be said. It isn’t my nature, but the feelings are there, and I hope you realize it. I have always admired you a great deal, but the close association with you the past year has given me a far greater insight into your splendid character and able mind. Your work as Deputy has been outstanding. I have leaned heavily upon you, and you have always responded with strength and wisdom.
In addition to a feeling of gratitude for the splendid official support you have given me, I have derived great pleasure and mental stimulus from our informal conversations and discussions, and I shall miss these daily contacts more than I can tell you. They have meant much to me.
In departing I leave with you my hearty thanks for loyal services well done and warm good wishes for a future career even more brilliant than the past.
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Personal File (201 File), National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.
Document Format: Typed letter signed.
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. 721,