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To Brigadier General John McA. Palmer
[October 14(?), 1935] Chicago, Illinois
I wrote Wadsworth and received an encouraging reply. In part, he wrote “If he (you) had done nothing else, his work in the revision of the National Defense Act would entitle him to that (major general) distinction.” He thought McSwain would be cooperative, but had no way of estimating the reaction of the present Senate Committee. Referred to Sheppard and Roberts being the only two on the committee familiar with the past.1
Expressed his willingness “to sound out the situation when Congress reconvenes and, of course, it will be absolutely necessary to persuade the Secretary of War as well as the President to see this matter as we do.”
MacArthur pulled in an “oak leaf” for his DSM the other day, so possibly they might go ahead on that line. But that does not pay the bills that the additional pay of a major general retired does, even if it does carry some honor. I should think we could get the “oak leaf” without great difficulty, but I think it would be too bad to short circuit the more material honor.
I will endeavor to keep an oar in this—but, judging from my own career, I am not much of an oarsman.
Hastily and affectionately,
G. C. M.
Document Copy Text Source: John McA. Palmer Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Document Format: Handwritten letter signed.
1. Congressman John J. McSwain, from South Carolina, was chairman of the House Military Committee. Congressman Wadsworth wrote that Senator Morris Sheppard of Texas and “Senator Roberts” (Joseph T. Robinson) of Arkansas were about the only senators who would remember Palmer from 1920. (Wadsworth to Marshall, October 7, 1935, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Illinois National Guard].)
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. 475.