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George C. Marshall vs. Clare Boothe Luce

It wasn’t just Patton. Gen. George C. Marshall, more a tightlipped Puritan than a diva, also was mightily displeased with Congresswoman Luce, the husband of Henry Luce of Time Inc. "Clare Luce went out there and also to Italy, writing for Time and Life, and called them forgotten divisions…. She ruined morale terribly. Corps commanders ...

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It wasn't just Patton. Gen. George C. Marshall, more a tightlipped Puritan than a diva, also was mightily displeased with Congresswoman Luce, the husband of Henry Luce of Time Inc. "Clare Luce went out there and also to Italy, writing for Time and Life, and called them forgotten divisions.... She ruined morale terribly. Corps commanders said after that they couldn't do anything with their troops. Her episode, particularly in Italy, was very serious."

It wasn’t just Patton. Gen. George C. Marshall, more a tightlipped Puritan than a diva, also was mightily displeased with Congresswoman Luce, the husband of Henry Luce of Time Inc. "Clare Luce went out there and also to Italy, writing for Time and Life, and called them forgotten divisions…. She ruined morale terribly. Corps commanders said after that they couldn’t do anything with their troops. Her episode, particularly in Italy, was very serious."

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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