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Commanding General, First Division, to
the Commander in Chief, A.E.F.
September 11, 1917 [Gondrecourt], France
. . . 2. I have been deeply impressed with Captain Marshall’s marked ability in General Staff and all other duty entrusted to him, and strongly recommend that he be given a temporary commission as Lieutenant Colonel in the National Army and kept on General Staff work_he is fully qualified to perform the duties of Chief of Staff of a Division.1
Wm. L. Sibert
Document Copy Text Source: Records of the American Expeditionary Forces (World War I) (RG 120), Records of General Headquarters (GHQ), Adjutant General File (AG), National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.
Document Format: Typed letter signed.
1. Marshall had served as acting chief of staff from August 23, when Brigadier General Frank W. Coe left, until September 3, when Colonel Hanson E. Ely (U.S.M.A., 1891) took over. No reply lo General Sibert’s recommendation was forthcoming because the question of promotion by selection was being studied at General Headquarters, and General Pershing did not then have the authority to make such promotions. On January 7, 1918, a telegram arrived at division headquarters announcing Marshall’s promotion. Meanwhile, Marshall was made a temporary major with rank dating from August 5.
Recommended Citation: ThePapers of George Catlett Marshall, ed.Larry I. Bland and Sharon Ritenour Stevens(Lexington, Va.: The George C. Marshall Foundation, 1981- ). Electronic version based on The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, vol. 1, “The Soldierly Spirit,” December 1880-June 1939 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1981), p. 121.