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Letter - Hartle to Frank Smith, August, 1939

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San Juan, Puerto Rico, August 19, 1939.

Major Frank M. Smith,
Adjutant General’s Department,
Washington, D. C.

My dear Frank:

Many thanks for your letter of August 12 giving me some of the details of my prospective promotion and your telegram of yesterday informing me of the final results. I was officially notified this morning at an early hour of said promotion and Lucile proceeded to decorate me with the old looking Shanghai eagles that General Crasser so kindly presented to me.

On the 16th, upon the occasion of the final parade for Colonel Wright, General Daley walking with me there from had a premonition of my promotion and said how grand it would be in connection with all the despedidas of the day, if I were to receive notification of my promotion. Upon arrival at the club a few moments later, I was informed by some officers from the Department Headquarters, that they had notice of the commission of the Air Corps officer with the natural deduction of that my promotion would be effective that day or the day preceeding. While still being Lieutenant Colonel officially, I unofficially became a "full Colonel”. I congratulate the War Department upon its most successful timing of my promotion.

The radio that you received relative to the approximate date of my promotion was initiated by Major Ferrin, G.S., and after sending same he informed me that he had signed my name to it, which was perfectly all right with me.

Lucile arrived on Monday in good shape after a very quiet trip and since then has been over involved in the social and settling activities. She is very much pleased with Casa Rosa, happy to be here and loves Puerto Rico tremendously. I was so happy that you all had had her down for the week end preceeding her departure, since thereby I was able to obtain a lot of current information of what people were thinking and doing in Washington.

Colonel Taylor has undoubtedly informed you of my interest in getting you down here as Assistant Adjutant General. I hope he has spoken to General Adams along that line and that General Adams can see his way clear to spare you from your arduous duties in Washington to serve us here as Assistant to Taylor, in case he is able to return, or as Adjutant General of the Department if we were to be so unfortunate as not to get Taylor back.

Lucile joins me in lots of love to Margaret, little Frank, yourself and all our mutual friends.

As ever,


Russell Hartle

Washington County Free Library

Letter to Major Frank Smith, 8/19/39 - thanks for recognition of promotion to Colonel


Collection Location:
Western Maryland Room, Washington County Free Library

United States. Army, Biography; World War, 1939-1945, United States; Hartle, Russell P.

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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