The George C. Marshall Papers

George C. Marshall to E. G. Kerth

My dear Mr. Kerth:

General Bell has received your letter of May 9th regarding your application to the Secretary of War concerning the promotion of your brother, Major Monroe C. Kerth. He is so occupied at the present time he is unable to write to you himself and has directed me to tell you that there are many officers to whom he feels under special obligations for valuable personal service rendered him in the past; that he is endeavoring to help them and does not feel at liberty to help others in competition with them until they are first provided for.
General Bell regrets that he cannot see his way clear just at this time to assist Major Kerth and wishes you to feel that his decision in your brother's case is based solely upon a desire to help those to whom he owes a very definite service.
I personally know your brother very, very well. I was a classmate of his at the Army School of the Line and the Army Staff College at Fort Leavenworth. I regard him as one of my most valued friends in the service. I think I can assure you that his record on file in the War Department will be sufficient to secure for him all the recognition he could possibly hope for. He has few equals in the Infantry service.

Sincerely yours,

NA/RG 120 (Seventy-seventh Division, Bell's Correspondence)