One of the generals who took a serious interest in Mary was Brigadier General Robert McClure, the military attaché to the American Embassy in London. In 1942 he was appointed by General Eisenhower as chief of intelligence for the European theater of operations. Later that year he was placed in charge of information and censorship which included responsibility for twelve radio stations. He wrote to his wife, Marjorie, bragging that his power to censor extended to “troop, mail and cables, civilian mail, radio, press, cables, telephone” and that he had “a total command of 1500 in an organization never contemplated in the Army.” In 1944 he became director of the newly created psychological warfare division. He was to go on to lead the American efforts to de-Nazify Germany and to establish psychological warfare as a central component of the U.S. Army Special Forces.

McClure was eleven years older than Mary and very possessive of her. When Mary left for New York later that year, Time reported that “two of America’s top-flight generals saw her off: General Dwight “Ike” Eisenhower, Commander of U.S. Forces in Europe—and Brigadier General Robert McClure, the U.S. Military Attaché in London.”

In this photo General Eisenhower pins a decoration on the chest of General McClure.