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To Brigadier General Asa L. Singleton
April 11, 1940 [Washington, D.C.]
Mr. Bernard M. Baruch and his daughter will probably fly in to Ft. Benning about the 15th—I will give you the exact data on this as early as possible. He will be there two days to get a look at the Corps Maneuver, as a matter of fact to gain a concrete idea of just what an Army corps is.
I propose having Major W. B. Smith, Assistant Secretary of the General Staff, report at Benning at the same time to act as Aide and to give him the necessary data both from the War Department side and that of the actual troops.
Very confidentially, Baruch has just been in Washington lobbying to prevent the cut of our appropriation bill before the Senate. He is thoroughly familiar with the problem of providing materiel, but not at all familiar with the troop set-up, that is to use the materiel. He and Hugh Johnson have been critical of our presentations and requirements on the basis of their being too modest, (Actually they were in accordance with the President’s directions) and because they were in executive session, over which we had no control. I am giving you this data, most confidentially, so that you will know my reason for having him go to Benning, and particularly for sending Smith down there with him. Smith has already been in conference with him up here, and you need not bother at all in the matter other than to give him the cordial reception which, of course, I know you would do.
I would like you to reserve accommodations at the Club for Mr. Baruch and his daughter, and to have a man to look after him. Also I must ask you to provide him with motor transportation.
I am sending a copy of this letter to Short.
P.S. Please do not give out any publicity on Mr. Baruch’s presence. If the press happens to pick it up, all well and good, but I do not think it will help us to have this widely advertised, and it is especially important that we do not circulate the reasons for his presence.
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, Selected Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
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. 194.