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To Colonel Ralph D. Mershon
June 27, 1935 [Chicago, Illinois]
My dear Colonel Mershon:
A copy of Bishop’s letter to you on June 25th gives me the first news I had of your operation.1 I am sorry not to have known of this at the time, but delighted to know that you evidently have made a successful recovery. I certainly hope so, and this note carries my sympathetic interest in your convalescence.
As to the development of affairs with the Civilian Military Education Fund, it appears to me that we are gradually gaining the dominant position of importance or influence in the general field of civilian-military education. The gain during the past winter has been very marked, along with a general reaction to the organized pacifistic-communistic efforts to suppress military training. Here in Chicago yesterday the school board vigorously supported their superintendents proposal to organize a number of new R.O.T.C. units. The Chicago Tribune has been running editorials strongly supporting the R.O.T.C., and the recent legislative investigation of communistic tendencies at the University of Chicago aroused public interest and exerted a favorable influence on the pathetic ROTC unit at that institution. The worm seems to be turning, though during the previous two years things looked blacker than at any time within my recollection.
I therefore think that you have exerted a profound influence, during the most critical [period], on the development of civilian-military training among the young men of the country.
With the hope that your progress continues to be favorable and that you will soon be or already are enjoying excellent health,
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Illinois National Guard, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. No copy of Ralph C. Bishop’s letter has been found in the Marshall papers.
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. 470.