GEORGE CATLETT MARSHALL'S LIFE bridged the 19th and 20th centuries and encapsulated the nation's transition from wartime to peacetime through two world wars and a great economic depression. Born in a small town in Pennsylvania to a coal miner and his wife, Marshall's determination took him to Virginia Military Institute and to the military academy at Fort Leavenworth. His excellence in school and strengths in leadership destined him for a steady rise through the ranks of the U.S. Army, where he eventually became the Army Chief of Staff.
He brought the U.S. through two world wars from behind his desk where his strategic brilliance guided the nation to victory. His principles of honesty and truth gained the trust of millions of Americans and the respect of world leaders throughout his years of service. The Marshall Plan of 1948 rebuilt Europe after World War II, helped contain the spread of Communism, and laid the foundation for U.S. foreign policy today. After receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in 1953, Marshall died in 1959 leaving a legacy that inspires today's world leadership.
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