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General Malin Craig to George C. Marshall
June 28, 1937 Washington, D.C.
My dear George:
I have your note of June 26th with the enclosed copies of letters from the Broadcasting people.1
I received a wild yell from the Columbia people in New York, who in effect gave me the idea that they were not allowed to use the broadcasting system to Russia and wished me to issue the order. I, of course, declined to do that and told them that all such matters were in the hands of the Corps Area Commander and that it would not be practicable for me to issue an order over his head,2 especially when he has not been brought into the picture. I then called up Pratt and told him of the request and to handle it there on hearing from you.3 From all I can hear, you did your part beautifully and I marvel at you and Mrs. Marshall being able to turn your house inside out even for an occasion of that sort. These same flyers are here in Washington now and are driving us crazy with receptions and visits and cocktail parties in their honor. I do not care when they go back to Russia.
I have no particular news for you, though it may interest you to know that our Appropriation Bill is being held up in conference by Ross Collins, who objects to the personnel increase on the ground that we are putting everything into pay envelopes and have nothing for materiel. Also Senator Copeland held up the bill until he could join it to the Rivers and Harbors Bill,4 which latter bill was padded to the tune of $183,000,000 after it passed the House, and it makes our Army Appropriation bill look like a very war-like affair, when as a matter of fact it only carries $415,000,000, every cent of which can be defended for an army of 165,000 men. I do not believe the thing will be settled before the 1st of July, and we may be compelled to get along on a concurrent resolution continuing this year’s appropriation until the matter is settled.
I hear only the finest things of you and Mrs. Marshall and your administration. While that was to be expected as far as I am concerned, it may please you to know that such is the fact. I hope that all goes well with you and that you are your usual active, cheerful and healthy self.
With every good wish for you and kind regards to Mrs. Marshall, believe me
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Vancouver Barracks, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter signed.
1. Marshall’s June 26 letter to Craig is not in the Marshall papers.
2. Major General George S. Simonds (U.S.M.A., 1899) was the Ninth Corps Area commander at the Presidio of San Francisco. He had been commandant at the Army War College (1932-35) and deputy chief of staff (February, 1935-June, 1936) before assuming command of the Ninth Corps Area.
3. Colonel Raymond S. Pratt (U.S.M.A., 1901) was chief of staff of the Fourth Army and Ninth Corps Area. Pratt wrote Marshall that he had received a call from General Craig and had replied “that there were no difficulties and that I had told the radio broadcasting company that I was sure you would do everything necessary on your own initiative but just to satisfy them I had called you up on the subject and found that you had done so. General Craig said he was sure that would be the case." (Pratt to Marshall, June 21, 1937, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Vancouver Barracks].) In response, Marshall wrote: “Within two hours after the landing of the Russians I heard from NBC in New York, in San Francisco, and in Portland—as well as from the man on the ground. About the same procedure was followed by the Columbia people. They were all accorded permission immediately to run their wires into the house; my stipulation was that the manner of the broadcast would have to be determined by the ambassador.“ (Marshall to Pratt, June 26, 1937, ibid.)
4. Ross A. Collins, a Democrat representing Mississippi’s Fifth District, was a member of the House Appropriations Committee. Senator Royal S. Copeland, a Democrat representing the state of New York, was a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee.
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. 548-549.