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To Lieutenant Colonel Adolf von Schell
July 7, 1937 Vancouver Barracks, Washington
My dear von Schell:
I have just received your note from Fort Warren, and I can not tell you how sorry I am that you will not be able to visit me here.1 In reply to my invitation through your military attache in Washington, I have already learned, before the receipt of your letter, that you would not be able to visit the Northwest.
I had several hopes in connection with your possible visit here. Mrs. Marshall and myself both looked forward to having you with us; I, of course, would have welcomed the opportunity to talk over the things in general, and military matters in particular; and, we had planned to take you on a trip through the gorgeous scenery of Washington and Oregon, ostensibly for me to inspect CCC installations, but actually to show you some of the magnificence of America, and give you some fine fishing. I am terribly disappointed that you can not come here.
I will always look back on our contacts at Fort Benning with a great deal of pleasure, and with realization that you brought me much that was highly important to my profession.
I have a letter this morning from General Pershing urging me to be present in France at the dedication in August of some of our war memorials. I am afraid I can not arrange to accept, but I particularly wish I could in order to run over to Germany to see you and Smith, and to pay my respects to your Minister of War.2
I think things must be in a very critical state abroad if they can not allow you an extra week in America.
Please present our compliments to Mrs. von Schell, and tell her that we will look forward to the pleasure of a possible meeting.
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Vancouver Barracks, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. Truman Smith wrote Marshall that von Schell, chief of staff of the German Army’s Motor corps, had left Germany on June 8 for a short tour of the United States and had specifically requested that his itinerary include Vancouver Barracks. (Smith to Marshall, June 9, 1937, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Vancouver Barracks])
Writing from Fort Francis E. Warren near Cheyenne, Wyoming, von Schell expressed regrets for not being able to visit. “Having it thought over again and again I found out, that my time is too limited to go up so far to the North. I am somewhat in a hurry as I have to go from here to Salt Lake City, San Francisco, El Paso, San Antonio, New Orleans, Benning, being awaited back in Washington July 21st already. Mrs. von Schell ordered me especially to remember her to Mrs. Marshall and you." (Von Schell to Marshall, July 3, 1937, ibid.)
2. Germany’s minister of war was General Werner von Blomberg.
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. 552.