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To Lieutenant Philip E. Gallagher1
[September 30(?), 1932] [Fort Screven, Georgia]
This is the best I can think of to do for you. I fought this fight four years at Benning—and without success, but it just happens that Col. Buckner was sort of a “go between” in a discussion of this I had with Gen Conner.2 He did break the jam at the War College. Gen Collins and I attempted to break it for the advanced class. Possibly the fact that Gen. Conner and Buckner and Gen. Collins are all involved officially in this may be more than a coincidence—it may be decisive.3
G. C. M.
Document Copy Text Source: Research File, Fort Screven Folder, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Handwritten letter signed.
1. This letter was handwritten on the carbon copy of the letter printed above (Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #1-309 [1: 381-81]).
2. Major General William D. Connor, commandant of the Army War College from December 20, 1927, until April 30, 1932, had been superintendent of the United States Military Academy since May 1, 1932. Lieutenant Colonel Simon B. Buckner, Jr., (U.S.M.A., 1908) had been executive officer, adjutant, and personnel adjutant at the Army War College between July 1, 1929, and July 4, 1932. Since the latter date, Buckner had been assistant to the commandant of cadets at the Military Academy.
3. Early in November, Marshall sent Gallagher Collins’s reply to his September 30 letter which stated that they had won a “partial victory” in that first lieutenants were to be eligible for the Command and General Staff School beginning in 1933. (Collins to Marshall, November 4, 1932, GCMRL/Research File [Fort Screven].) Marshall’s attached note to Gallagher observed “You are undoubtedly rated Superior—so you should have a good show for the detail." (Ibid.) War Department Special Orders, No. 82 (April 10, 1933), instructed Gallagher to report to Fort Leavenworth in August for the two-year Command and General Staff School course.
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. 381.