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Memorandum for Admiral King
November 16, 1944 [Washington, D.C.]
I have read the enclosures with your memorandum of November 8th concerning the travel of dependents outside the United States.1 It does not seem to me that conditions have changed sufficiently to warrant departing from the Joint Army-Navy Personnel Board’s recommendation of August 5th on the subject.
The morale of our personnel in the Caribbean and similar areas presents no problem as those who have been in these areas for long periods are steadily being withdrawn, while others have only recently arrived. In any event, the lot of these people has been luxurious as compared with that of the men in active combat areas.
There is the further factor that we frequently order officers out of these stations on a few hours’ notice. The presence of families would complicate this procedure both for the particular officers and for those who, of necessity, would temporarily have to look out for the families.
I am inclined to believe we should not relax our restrictions in this matter at this time, but suggest that we wait until after our re-deployment is completed and then consider placing the travel of dependents to these areas back on a peacetime basis.2
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, Selected Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed memorandum.
1. Admiral King wanted to permit the dependents to join naval personnel stationed in such places as the Caribbean and Newfoundland. (King Memorandum for General Marshall, November 8, 1944, NA/RG 165 [OCS, 512].)
2. In March 1945, Marshall suggested that travel restrictions on dependents be relaxed in the Caribbean and Brazil. (Marshall Memorandum for Admiral King, March 6, 1945, ibid.)
Recommended Citation: ThePapers 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. 4, “Aggressive and Determined Leadership,” June 1, 1943-December 31, 1944 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996), pp. 670-671.