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Editorial Note on January 1940 California Trip
January 16-22, 1940
MARSHALL testified before the House Military Affairs Committee before his departure for California on the afternoon of January 16. (Regarding his testimony, see Memorandum for Colonel Ward, January 10, 1940, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #2-102 [2: 138-39].) Before his return to Bolling Field on January 22, the chief of staff inspected the joint army-navy operations, the First Cavalry Division, and the Second Division. He flew approximately 5,390 miles in seven days.
Shortly after his return, Marshall declared: “Due to continual hearings before Congress and the necessity of watching every move in order to protect our Army appropriations, my inspection trips, if I am going to get anywhere about the country, have to be so hurried that I cannot proceed with much deliberation and am seldom certain until the last moment of just where I will be able to stop. However, I find so much profit in seeing the man on the ground that fleeting as my visits may be, they are a great advantage to me here in the work of the War Department.” (Marshall to Millard F. Harmon, January 26, 1940, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, Selected].)
Recommended Citation: The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, ed. Larry I. Bland, Sharon Ritenour Stevens, and Clarence E. Wunderlin, Jr. (Lexington, Va.: The George C. Marshall Foundation, 1981- ). Electronic version based on The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, vol. 2, “We Cannot Delay,” July 1, 1939-December 6, 1941 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1986), p. 142.