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2-097 To Walter Hoving, February 28, 1940

1940
   
Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: February 28, 1940



To Walter Hoving1

February 28, 1940 [Washington, D.C.]

My dear Mr. Hoving:

I did not see you as I left the Salvation Army dinner the other night, and I want you to know I appreciated the courtesy of your reception and your kind references to me. It was a genuine pleasure for me to do whatever small things were within my power to assist Evangeline Booth and her Army. I feel that their position is unique in such matters and their procedure has been without blemish or the possibility of criticism.

I hope very much that you will be successful in your campaign for funds.

Faithfully yours,

Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, General Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.

Document Format: Typed letter.

1. Hoving was chairman of the Salvation Army’s fund raising drive as well as president and chairman of the board of Lord and Taylor department store in New York City.

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), pp. 173-174.

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To General Asa L. Singleton

February 28, 1940 [Washington, D.C.]

Dear Singleton:

In my various trips I have been following up delays that have resulted in the War Department towards the supplying of troops in the field. There have been many that came about through the functioning of depots, and we are obtaining valuable information about the inevitable delays that would result in the event of mobilization, particularly as to supplying of the various items of a single equipment where they are not stored in the same place.

However, there are other delays that have been checked up as a result of my various trips, and one of them occurs at Benning. I do not want to move into official channels for this, but I do want to follow every one to its source. The question of this particular delay resulted from my pressure as to the supplying of equipment to newly organized units, and it pertains to engineer equipment for field artillery of the First Division. One delay was of eighteen days at Fort Benning, according to dates on requisition of November 10, 1939 from the Field Artillery Section, First Division. Whether this delay occurred in the Division or in the office of the post engineer officer at Fort Benning, or between the two of them, the records do not show, but there was an eighteen-day delay in clearing a paper which had for its purpose the prompt supplying of materiel to troops in the field.1

Incidentally, I find that Corps Area Headquarters, or the young Engineer officer, imposed apparently an arbitrary cut of 50%. Altogether you can see that this is not a very helpful procedure.2

I do not want to stir up any official investigation over this, but I wish you and Short3 would talk to each other and your respective people and see just who caused this eighteen-day delay at Benning; because if this is multiplied out in general effect, it would result in an appalling delay in mobilization, and I am endeavoring to find the necessary permanent corrective measures against such procedure.

Faithfully yours,

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. Singleton, commandant of the Infantry School, replied in detail to Marshall’s inquiry. He submitted data to justify the eighteen-day delay necessary to process the requisitions for the First Division. Given the shortage of personnel and the increased workload, Singleton believed that the period was not excessive. (Singleton to Marshall, March 20,1940, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, Selected].)

2. Singleton’s staff noted that this requisition cut was not made at Fort Benning. (Ibid.)

3. On March 1, Major General Walter C. Short would assume command of the Fourth Army Corps.

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), pp. 174-175.

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To Major General Charles D. Herron

February 28, 1940 Radio [Washington, D.C.]

Planning to leave San Francisco Saturday March Second on China Clipper for Hawaii. Please hold in abeyance and tactfully discourage official social engagements pending my arrival. I expect to spend Monday to Wednesday being educated on Hawaiian defense conditions. Then confidentially I hope to get an unobtrusive rest with Mrs. Herron and you the first I will have had since the Fourth of July weekend and I need it.

Document Copy Text Source: Records of the War Department General and Special Staffs (RG 165), Office of the Chief of Staff (OCS), Miscellaneous Correspondence, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland

Document Format: Typed radio message.

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. 175.

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Editorial Note on Hawaii Trip

February 29-March 15, 1940

HIS air journey to Hawaii was “most interesting,” Marshall wrote to Brazilian Army Chief of Staff G

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