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To Lieutenant Colonel John F. Landis
May 29, 1937 Vancouver Barracks, Washington
Thank you very much for your nice note of sympathetic inquiry. I am quite all right, having just returned from a month of Division maneuvers at Fort Lewis. They were pretty strenuous, but I took them in a philosophical manner, leaving the younger men to do the wheel-horse work.
My trouble is, I feel so well that the desire to live actively is difficult to suppress; also, for the first time in my life I began to gain weight last July, and even an operation does not set me back.
Thank you for your inquiry. I used to see Reed Landis quite frequently in Chicago and of course we talked about you.1 I have never forgotten our mechanized warfare problem, for which you were largely responsible.
With warm regards to Mrs. Landis and yourself—tell her I have a new horse from Fort Riley that is a dandy. I am going riding in a few minutes.
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Vancouver Barracks, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. Chicago business executive Reed G. Landis, John’s cousin, had been a pilot during the World War. He was the son of professional baseball commissioner Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis.
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. 538.