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To General John J. Pershing
August 8, 1924 Honolulu, [Hawaii]
My dear General:
I have been trying to start this note for an hour without success, as the world and his wife seem to have boarded the boat to say good-byes. We are to sail in a few minutes, so I only have time remaining for a very brief note.
Your wireless message was deeply appreciated.1 Incidentally, it electrified the ship and quite dignified me. The Captain, the Quartermaster, and numerous minor officials all had to inquire as to its safe delivery to me. Evidently there is no secrecy observed by the operators in such circumstances.
General Summerall has been delightful to me. He placed his limousine and aide at my disposal and we have motored all over the Island. Had lunch with the Summeralls at the Moana [Hotel] yesterday.
Our trip has been delightful, quiet seas throughout and fair weather. Conner gave me quite a party in Panama—lots of champagne.2
I am sorry I could not have been in New York to welcome you home. No words can express the regret and loss I feel at the termination of my service with you. Few men in life have such opportunities and almost none, I believe, such a delightful association as was mine with you. May all good things be yours—Goodbye.
Document Copy Text Source: John J. Pershing Papers, General Correspondence, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Document Format: Handwritten letter signed.
1. On August 2, the day following the U.S.A.T. Thomas‘s departure from San Francisco, General Pershing sent the following message: "Au revoir affectionately."
2. Major General Charles P. Summerall commanded the Hawaiian Department. Brigadier General Fox Conner commanded Camp Gaillard in the Canal Zone.
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), pp. 259-260.