The Life of George Marshall

Events

George Marshall is born

1880

He arrives at Virginia Military Institute

1897

Receives first assignment, sent to Philippine Islands

1902

WWI; Assigned to the 1st Division as Head of Operations

1917

First wife, Lily, passes away

1927

Marries Katherine Brown, who has 3 kids

1928

Sworn in as Army Chief of Staff; That same day, Hitler's troops invade Poland, triggering WWII

1939

Allies agree to Marshall's plan (Operation Overlord); invasion of France to take place in summer of 1944

1943

175,000 troops storm the beaches of Normandy; Turning point of the war

1944

Appointed as Ambassador and head of the U.S. Mission to China

1945

Appointed Secretary of State

1947

Marshall Plan implemented; channeled $13 billion to repair Europe's economy

1948

Appointed Secretary of Defense

1950

Marshall receives the Nobel Peace Prize for his work on the Marshall Plan

1953

George Marshall dies in Washington, D.C

1959

Marshall Museum opens in Virginia to keep his legacy alive

1964