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To Brigadier General Leigh R. Gignilliat
April 5, 1933 Fort Screven, Georgia
My dear General:
I suppose Bishop is sending you copies of his letter to me about the Lehigh Conference, and especially with reference to the subjects for discussion.1 Will you be good enough to let me know if any of the subjects proposed by P.M.S.&T.’s and not already on our approved list, appeal to you as desirable topics. Also which of our subjects you would then omit.
One view of yours in particular I would like to have. What do you think of Colonel Parrott’s (Princeton) proposal to discuss the handling of pacifists?2 At present, I am of the opinion that this should only be done informally without a designated plan on our program. It seems to me all publicity on the Conference should indicate unmistakably that we were solely concerned with increasing the teaching and administrative efficiency of the R.O.T.C., and not with combatting its enemies, except by improving the course.
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Fort Screven File, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. The Civilian Military Education Fund was sponsoring a conference on R.O.T.C. at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, May 8-9. No letters from Ralph C. Bishop to Marshall for this period have been found in the Marshall papers.
2. Lieutenant Colonel Roger S. Parrott (U.S.M.A., 1908) had been P.M.S.&T. at Princeton University since 1929. No documents between Parrott and Marshall have been found in the Marshall papers.
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. 391-392.