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To Major General William D. Connor
January 28, 1938 Vancouver Barracks, Washington
When the notice in the service papers of the date of your relief from duty at West Point appeared,1 I was absent on an inspection trip in the mountains of Oregon and did not learn of what was happening until too late to communicate with you at West Point. So now I am trying to reach you through the Adjutant General, on the general assumption that you are probably in Washington or in Memphis, prior to leaving for the coast.
I wanted particularly to send you some expression of my feelings on the day you hauled down your flag, and I am much distressed that I failed to do so. Your career has been so outstanding, such a fine model for the officers who follow you, and I have so valued your friendship, that it is difficult for me to put into words how much I deplore your departure from the active list and how splendid I think your army career has been. Also, there is the very personal side of the matter, and I think that you and your Elsa have given us a beautiful example of harmonious family life on the highest plane, both socially and in the way of culture.
You have much to be proud of and should enjoy a feeling of profound satisfaction with your course in the line of duty and of good citizenship.
I hope very much that we may have the opportunity of seeing you both out here. I want you to know Mrs. Marshall and I want you to honor our home with a visit.
With all good wishes for you in the coming years,
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Vancouver Barracks, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. Connor had served as superintendent and commandant of the United States Military Academy (May 1, 1932-January 17, 1938), before retiring on February 28, 1938.
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. 578.