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To Major General Stephen O. Fuqua
November 25, 1932 [Fort Screven, Georgia]
Your letter, with the extract from the annual report of The Infantry School, has just come. I appreciate very much your taking this fashion of bringing it to my attention, and I even more appreciate your cordial expressions.1
Already Benning seems very far away, and from what Campbell King told me when he was here Tuesday night, it is booming. I will always have a soft place in my heart for Benning. It caught me at my most restless moment, and gave me hundreds of interests, an unlimited field of activity, delightful associates and all outdoors to play in. At a War College desk I thought I would explode. The change to Benning was magical, with its atmosphere of youthful vigor, its absence of ponderosity and its balm of fresh air. I’m not a city boy.
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Fort Screven File, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. Fuqua’s letter of November 22 quoted the following extract from the Report of the Infantry School for 1931-32: “The closing of this Academic year marks the termination of the four and one-half year tour of Lieutenant Colonel George C. Marshall, Jr., as Assistant Commandant of the school. This report would not be complete without a testimonial to the splendid work that has been accomplished by this officer. Under his direction each year has witnessed a steady and marked improvement in the subject matter covered, as well as the methods of instruction in the school. The present high standard attained is due to his energy, his foresight and his very unusual qualifications." (Fuqua to Marshall, November 22, 1931, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Fort Screven].)
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. 383.