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Memorandum for the Chief of Infantry [Lynch]
February 27, 1940 [Washington, D.C.]
I am interested in Colonel Alexander Stark. He was in to see me the other day, and I assume had been to your office in regard to possible details.1
Stark was a wild buck at one time, but has since settled down. My interest comes from the fact that I regard him as one of the outstanding field soldiers in the Army. He demonstrated successfully in the War in the Meuse Argonne, and gave me a peace-time demonstration with the CCC. He repeated the latter for General McCoy in another region, and I believe for other officers. He, Terry Allen,2 and one or two others, there are very few of them, are of that unusual type who enthuse all of their subordinates and carry through almost impossible tasks.
I do not know what you have in mind for him, but let me know before the decision is taken.3
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, General Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed memorandum.
1. Lieutenant Colonel Alexander N. Stark, Jr., an instructor of the California National Guard, had visited Marshall on February 3, 1940.
2. Lieutenant Colonel Terry de la M. Allen was stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas, with the Cavalry.
3. The chief of Infantry assigned Stark to the Twenty-sixth Infantry at Plattsburg Barrack New York.
Recommended Citation: ThePapers 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. 172.