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To Major General George V. H. Moseley
September 9, 1938 [Washington, D.C.]
I read with pointed regret the order announcing your retirement. A long time ago, thirty-three years to be exact, I reported to you on my way to see General Jesse M. Lee. When I came into your office, a young lieutenant who had been mapping on the Pecos, feeling that I had had a pretty hard time, not only as a result of the climate and a harsh terrain, but largely because of the dyed-in-the-wool spirit of the commissary staff—we darn near starved—I have never forgotten your kindly greeting at that time. Three years later you reported for duty as a student at Leavenworth and I recall that when you found I was being ranked out of quarters you offered me a share of yours. I have never forgotten that. And of course I have many recollections of the war period and since.
You have the satisfaction of leaving the active list of the Army after a most unusual and splendid career. I know you will leave behind you a host of younger men who have a loyal devotion to you for what you have stood for. I am one of that company, and it makes me very sad to think that I cannot serve with you and under you again.
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, Selected Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
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. 626.