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To Colonel Ralph D. Mershon
November 14, 1936 Vancouver Barracks, Washington
My dear Colonel Mershon:
Now that my military duties have carried me to the West Coast, I find that I can not serve on the Civilian-Military Education Fund to the extent desirable in a member of the committee. For me to attend meetings in the east would be prohibitively expensive and time consuming; therefore, with genuine reluctance, I tender my resignation.
I have been deeply interested in what has been accomplished during the past three years and the constantly increasing importance of the fund. Undoubtedly, without its influence and efforts, the cause of Civilian-Military education would have suffered some very serious blows. I feel that you have rendered a service of great value to the stability of our “institutions”—to employ a favorite political term for the purpose of expressing a sincere conviction. I wish I could have done more to help, but I am glad that I was given the opportunity to participate.
Incidentally, should you come out to the West Coast, I would be charmed to put you up and show you the military activities of the post, and the magnificence of this country—along the route of some thirty-five CCC camps for which I am responsible.
With assurance of my regard,
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Vancouver Barracks, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
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), p. 514.