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To Major General Stuart Heintzelman
November 5, 1934 [Chicago, Illinois]
My dear General:
The diploma awarding me the degree of Doctor of Philosophy of the Command and General Staff College or the University of Leavenworth as the Latin phrases it, has been received. I must admit that a little time was required to secure an accurate translation. However distinguished I may be as a philosopher, it was painfully evident that little Latin still lurked in my head.
I feel signally honored and highly complimented by this award, the more so when I read the signatures of authentification, especially that of Praeses Commandant.
The formality and completeness of the document makes it so impressive that I am in doubt as to the finality of the award. But whether a generous and delightful gesture recording your similar gesture of June 15th, or the genuine article, I am deeply grateful and shall prize this diploma as evidence of a high point in my Army career.
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Illinois National Guard, 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. 442.