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Memorandum for Admiral Stark
June 28, 1941 [Washington, D.C.]
Some time back we discussed in a Joint Board meeting the proposition of transforming the Joint Planning Committee from its present divided status—the Army members working over here, the Navy members working over in your shop—into a genuine committee of men working together all the time. The heads of the Committee apparently would have to be the respective heads of the Army and Navy War Plans Committees—Gerow and Turner—and they of course would remain in their own sections. But it seems to me the time has come to assemble the other members on a permanent basis.1
As the Navy interest at the present time is the dominant one from the viewpoint of possible operations, it is entirely agreeable to me for this committee to sit in the Navy Department.
Think this over during the week-end and talk to me about it Monday.
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. Created in 1919, the Joint Planning Committee studied and reported on plans under consideration by the Joint Board. The mounting volume of national defense plans formulated in 1939 and 1940 overburdened the planning committee, which consisted of the War Plans Division chiefs for both services and their senior assistants. In May 1941 the Joint Board reduced the Joint Planning committee to only the two war Plans chiefs plus temporary working committees from their staffs. A new Joint strategic Committee, drawn from all the officers of the army and navy War Plans divisions, assumed the duty of joint planning. (Ray S. Cline, Washington Command Post: The Operations Division, a volume in the United States Army in World War II [Washington: GPO, 1951], p. 46.) Rear Admiral Richmond K. Turner (U.S.N.A., 1908) directed the navy’s War Plans Division.
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. 554.