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To Major General Johnson Hagood1
November 13, 1934 [Chicago, Illinois]
I can’t begin to tell you how much I appreciate the fine thing you did for me in proposing my promotion to the Secretary of War. The fact that you did it in the particular manner you describe makes me all the more grateful to you for such marked interest in my career. Naturally I have never forgotten the efficiency report you rendered on me at the termination of our first service together, in 1916, at Fort Douglas, Utah.2 I recall that you then recommended me for advancement to the grade of Brigadier General, remarking in your recommendation that you did this despite the fact I was eighteen hundred files your junior. Now again you step to “bat” in my behalf, though this time I was not even under your command. I deeply appreciate your action.
By an odd coincidence a letter came to me from General Moseley in the same mail with yours, in which he informs me that the Secretary of War stopped with him over night and he, Moseley, wanted me to know that he urged on Mr. Dern that I be promoted immediately. It seems rather odd, and very fortunate for me, that you should have picked up the Secretary on his next stop and mentioned my name.
With my most sincere thanks,
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Illinois National Guard, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. Hagood had commanded the Eighth Corps Area since 1933.
2. See Marshall to Major General Edward W. Nichols, May 27, 1917, note, (Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #1-080 [1: 103-4]).
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. 445-446.