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Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., to George C. Marshall
July 14, 1920 [Oyster Bay, New York?]
My dear Colonel Marshall:1
Thank you so much for your letter. I cannot begin to tell you how much I appreciate it. I am putting it aside with my citations and war record to be handed down to the children.
It might interest you to know that in my humble opinion, General Summerall was the biggest troop leader we had in the American army and you were the best tactician. I have quite often expressed this view to people whom I know and you would be pleased and surprised to know how many agree with me.
Mrs. Roosevelt and I will certainly hope to see you and Mrs. Marshall when you get to Washington. Meanwhile, if you two come up around here be sure to come and see us.
With best regards,
Document Copy Text Source: T. Roosevelt Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. On June 30, Marshall lost his temporary, wartime rank of colonel and reverted to his permanent grade of captain. He was promoted to major on July 1. Friends, including Pershing, occasionally called him "colonel" for several years.
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. 199.