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Memorandum for Assistant Chief
of Staff, G-1 [Hilldring]
June 16, 1942 [Washington, D.C.]
General Patch proposed the organization of a reconnaissance detachment in New Caledonia, but I noticed in the cables that he was informed that he would be permitted no additional grades and ratings. Isn’t this a little “penny wise and pound foolish”? We will give them millions, but decline to authorize the morale factors of grades and ratings.1
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. Major General Alexander M. Patch had requested additional grades and ratings to replace 18 officers and 572 enlisted men taken from his Infantry regiments to form a mechanized reconnaissance squadron. The Operations Division did not wish to ship an additional 590 men to Patch’s command, which it contended was already adequate in size. Moreover, a horse Cavalry regiment was already scheduled to arrive in New Caledonia in August. Following Marshall’s lead, G-1 argued that the new grades and ratings were “necessary as a morale factor.” But in view of the Operations Division’s comments, Personnel recommended that promotions be authorized from within the existing command and that no new troops be sent. G-1’s proposal to authorize additional grades and ratings was disapproved on June 30. (Donald Wilson [for J. H. Hilldring] Memorandum for the Chief of Staff, June 17 and 24, 1942, NA / RG 165 [OCS, Project Decimal File 1941-43, New Caledonia].)
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. 3, “The Right Man for the Job,” December 7, 1941-May 31, 1943 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991), p. 239.