To Colonel Hjalmar Erickson
April 27, 1943 [Washington, D.C.]
Thanks for the Easter card and particularly for the photograph of you and your horse. I envy you the freedom of action that is apparently yours, your uniform, and the other pleasures of ranch life.1
I was inspecting a camp in Virginia Saturday and visiting wounded men in a hospital near Asheville that evening, so Sunday morning I went to church in Flat Rock with the Campbell Kings and had dinner with them. On my way to the airfield from dinner I stopped in for thirty minutes with Fox Conner who is also living in that vicinity, and reached Washington at 6:00 P.M.2
With my thanks 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.
1. Erickson, who had served in the First Division with Marshall during the First World War and had retired in 1923, was living in Reno, Nevada, The Easter card which Marshall mentions is not in the Marshall papers, but Erickson had written to Marshall in March concerning the progress of the First Division in North Africa. "Last midweek, while stormbound in my desert shack, the radio brought me news that our dear old First Division once again was the spearhead of the attack.” Erickson gave his opinion that Rommel would "stiffen on the Mareth line, refuse his right," and hold on until his army is destroyed. "He has his orders," wrote Erickson. (Erickson to Marshall, March 22, 1943, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, Selected].)
2. For related information on Marshall's trip, see Marshall to King, April 26, 1943, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #3-624 [3: 663–64].
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. 3, “The Right Man for the Job,” December 7, 1941-May 31, 1943 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991), p. 666.