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To Lieutenant General Stanley D. Embick
March 23, 1940 [Washington, D.C.]
This is just a hasty note in regard to the Air officers from Kelly Field attached to troops for maneuvers.1 I have been a little fearful that G-3 would act on this on a routine basis with the inevitable unfortunate reactions, so I am writing to you direct.
What I want is to have these men “attached” to the Commanders of companies, batteries, troops, platoons, and regiments. If they are ordinarily assigned for platoon duties, the inevitable reaction will be that they do not know anything about commanding a platoon and the procedure was unfortunate. Some of them may be able to command platoons and, if so, all right, but I had in mind their injection into the plot more as an aide to the commander concerned, where they may be useful and maybe find a definite place for themselves. But, most of all, where they will get some idea of the ground army before they start on their intensive air training with the GHQ Air Force.
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, Selected Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. Kelly Field, Texas, was the headquarters for the Advanced Flying School.
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. 177.