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Starting at a very young age George Catlett showed the attributes of a general and leader Growing up in Uniontown Pennsylvania under the strict rule of his father George Catlett Marshall Sr and his mother The Marshall plan encouraged European nations to work together to achieve economic recovery after World War II In June 1947 the United States agreed to give aid to Europe if the countries would meet to decide what they needed The official name of the plan was the European Recovery Program It was called the Marshall Plan because George Marshall the Secretary of State at the time first suggested it The Plan first took action in April 1948 when Congress established the ECA Economic Cooperation Administration to administer foreign aid Seventeen nations formed the OEEC Organization for European Economic Cooperation to assist the ECA and develop cooperation among its members The United States sent about 13 billion in food machinery and other products to Europe Marshall was dedicated to building a strong defense but he also labored to find peaceful solutions to world conflicts In December 1953 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in recognition of his contributions to the economic rehabilitation of Europe He was the first soldier to win that honor Through the words of Winston Churchill During my long and close association with successive American administrations there are few men whose qualities of mind and character have impressed me so deeply as those of General Marshall He is a great American but he is far more than that In war he was as wise and understanding in counsel as he was resolute in action In peace he was the architect who planned the restoration of our battered European economy and at the same time labored tirelessly to establish a system of Western defense He has always fought victoriously against defeatism discouragement and disillusion Succeeding generations must not be
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