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Editorial Note on Facilities for Three Divisions
Marshall was not only involved with training the division for duty, but in late July and early August he was also given the job of locating billeting and training facilities for the next three American divisions_the Twenty-sixth, Forty-second, and Second—scheduled to arrive before the end of 1917. “I had to figure out what was required in the way of mess halls and bunkhouses and headquarters and hospital buildings and everything of that sort. Nobody advised me—they didn’t have time—they just told me to do it. One of my old friends, a student officer from Leavenworth, [Colonel] John [McAuley] Palmer, who was one of the fine intellectuals of the army, was G-3 [at General Headquarters] at that time and he just sent me a telegram that they could give me no advice_just go ahead and do what I thought was wise. So I had a pretty large order for a young officer there, and I proceeded to undertake it in as large a way as I could. The only trouble was I got everything fixed up for these four [three] divisions and I didn’t realize that nobody fixed up anything for the First Division. So my own division was behind all the others in getting the necessary things.” (Marshall Interviews, pp. 193-94. For Marshall’s detailed description of his activities and his problems with French officials, see Memoirs, pp. 23-25.)
Recommended Citation: The Papers 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), pp. 115-116.