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To Lieutenant Colonel Harold R. Bull
July 1, 1939 [Washington, D.C.]
My dear Bull:
While you have been the Secretary of the General Staff under General Craig since my transfer to the office of the Chief of Staff last October, yet a major portion of my business has been done with you and through you. Therefore, on your departure today I wish you to know that I have been most appreciative of the services you have rendered me.1
Officially, and as Chief of Staff, I wish to say now for the record that in judgment, loyalty, general understanding of the Army, and its administration and policies, and especially in contacts with officials and civilians generally, you rate superior. I wish you to know that in the event of any major crisis I will immediately want your services in an important capacity, if I am charged with heavy responsibilities.
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, Selected Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. Bull was taking a leave prior to the August 20 start of his assignment as professor of military science and tactics at Culver Military Academy in Culver, Indiana. (See Marshall’s letter of recommendation for Bull in Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #1-537 [1: 673].)
Recommended Citation: ThePapers of George Catlett Marshall, ed.Larry I. Bland, Sharon Ritenour Stevens, and Clarence E. Wunderlin, Jr.(Lexington, Va.: The George C. Marshall Foundation, 1981- ). Electronic version based on The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, vol. 2, “We Cannot Delay,” July 1, 1939-December 6, 1941 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1986), pp. 4-5.