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To Major General Frank R. McCoy
August 3, 1938 Washington, D.C.
My dear General:
Your severance from the active list touches me more deeply than that of practically any other officer I have known in my Army career, and it makes me very, very sad to feel that I cannot serve under you and with you in the few years I have left. And I feel, too, a certain irritation with myself that I did not press my opportunities for association with you more determinedly while we were so close to each other in Chicago. That I did not do so was largely because of a fear of overdoing my opportunities.
I believe I wrote Frances once that you were the model of how I felt command should be exercised in the Army, and that, of course, carries with it a large variety of implications concerning character, personality, consideration for others, mentality, and leadership. Since then I have become even more impressed with the correctness of my judgment, and I always felt a comfortable sense of gratification whenever you sought me out.
Despite your desire to pursue coming years untrammeled by fixed obligations, I look forward to seeing you serve in highly important positions in public life.
In all the above Katherine would join me, with many additions from a discerning heart, if she were here.
We hope and plan to see a great deal of the McCoys in the next few years.
With my love and affectionate regards to you both,
G. C. Marshall
Document Copy Text Source: Frank R. McCoy Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Document Format: Typed letter signed.
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. 615-616.