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Memorandum for Admiral Stark
October 13, 1941 [Washington, D.C.]
Having noticed the care-worn brief case you carry, I told our Air Corps to have one made for you like mine. It is not an exact duplicate and may not be quite so convenient, but it is a little larger—which I think better fits your case. Please accept it with the compliments of the Air Corps and the Army.
I have two pleasant things to communicate. General Bonesteel, our Commander in Iceland, sent me in a personal letter a most complimentary reference to the Navy. He stated that the handling and management of the convoy for his command to Iceland was carried out with superb efficiency, to the admiration of all the Army contingent; also that on arrival in Iceland, the Marines had made every possible preparation and turned to with a lively hand to assist with the unloading.1
In the Maneuvers in Louisiana, the contribution of the Navy and Marine Corps bombers was not only of great importance to the success of the maneuvers, due to our shortage in such aircraft at this time, but was carried out with a perfectly splendid spirit of cooperation and with outstanding efficiency. A little later when all the returns are in, I will send you an official letter of appreciation.2 However, I want you to know without further delay how much we appreciate their cooperation and their work, and how wise I think it was to include these services with the Army, in marked contrast to what apparently has been happening abroad.3
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. The editors have not found this letter.
2. Eight squadrons of aircraft from the United States Navy and Marine Corps participated in the September maneuvers. The marines were part of the Second Air Task Force with Lieutenant General Ben Lear’s “defenders.” The navy squadrons were with Lieutenant General Walter Krueger’s “aggressor” forces as part of the Third Air Task Force. (Army and Navy Journal, September 6, 1941, p. 2. For a brief account by a navy participant, see Harry D. Felt, “VB-2 Partaking in Army Field Maneuvers—1941,” Naval Aviation Museum Foundation 5 [Spring 1984]: 10-13, 67.)
3. For Marshall’s comments on the problems the British were having in this regard, see Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #2-548 [2: 606-612].
Recommended Citation: The Papers 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. 639.