xt7xks6j2258_40 https://exploreuk.uky.edu/dips/xt7xks6j2258/data/mets.xml https://exploreuk.uky.edu/dips/xt7xks6j2258/data/rankin4kdl.dao.xml Rankin, Fred W. (Fred Wharton),
                    1886- Cubit feet ? 7 boxes This collection comprises six scrapbooks (plus one box of miscellaneous items) of letters, newsclippings, and photographs documenting major milestones in the career of Lexinngton, Kentucky surgeon Fred W. Rankin, M.D. archival material English unknown This digital resource may be freely searched and displayed.  Permission must be received for subsequent distribution in print or electronically.  Physical rights are retained by the owning repository.  Copyright is retained in accordance with U. S. copyright laws.  For information about permissions to reproduce or publish, contact the Special Collections Research Center. Fred W. Rankin, M.D. Scrapbooks Correspondence –– Rankin, Fred W. (Fred Wharton),
                1886- American Medical Association Military Medicine –– History –– United
                States American Surgical Association American College of Surgeons Writer unknown. Incomplete letter to Fred W. Rankin,                                 M.D text Writer unknown. Incomplete letter to Fred W. Rankin,                                 M.D 2012 https://exploreuk.uky.edu/dips/xt7xks6j2258/data/rankin4kdl_1/rankin4kdl_1_35/i1-35/i1-35.pdf December 18, 1945 1945 December 18, 1945 section false xt7xks6j2258_40 xt7xks6j2258   mates mss
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18 December IQU5.
Dr. Fred W. Rankin, ~ ,
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Dear General Rankin:
I have just received your very kind and characteristically
_mg,W,_W__ » thoughtful letter of lh December l9¤5. Your eloquent message of ·
  gratitude has so profoundly affected me that I find myself unable to
  I express adequately my deep feelings of appreciation. I must, there-
fore, rely upon your extraordinary ability as a perspicacious reader
of character and your penetrating knowledge of human conduct in the
hope that you will understand how sincerely I value and treasure your
kind expression of commendation. It will always remain with me as one
of my most cherished possessions with far greater meaning than any
y decoration the Army could bestow (my Legion of Merit recently arrived)
  for in it lies the memory of a happy and wonderful association, a
I pleasant and profitable tutelage, and a profound and enjoyable in-
! tellectual stimulation. You speak of my loyalty and enthusiasm which,
T of course, you obtained wholeheartedly and completely from all of us g
I who had the privilege to work with you, Let me assure you that this
loyalty and enthusiasm which gushed forth like a spring from all of us
was opened by our recognition in your character and in all your dealings
with us of your high purpose, firm resolve, dauntless spirit, and
absolute integrity which in essence constitute the traits of a true
leader of men. These are some of the traits in a man's character which
stimulate loyalty and enthusiasm and which speed energy and efforts and
these are some of the reasons why I shall always treasure my associations
y with you which I know have made me a better man.
y With regard to my release from service, I have discussed this
p again with General Kirk and with Dr. Ochsner when I saw him at the
Southern Surgical. The main factor to be considered in this problem
is the history and since you have assumed responsibility for its
T preparation I feel a definite obligation in seeing it through. It is
just beginning to show some signs of shaping up into some order and if
I should leave now or in another month I'm afraid it would collapse.
There is a definite need for someone to remain here to act as the
"whipping boy" at least for another couple of months until the organiza-
tion and preparation of the history assumes more definite form. As you