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Memorandum for Brigadier General Albert L. Cox
March 20, 1942 [Washington, D.C.]
Dear General Cox:
Confidentially, requests come to me from the ladies at the head of the Soldiers, Sailors and Marines Club here in the City for assistance for this and that, the last relating to an orchestra every other week from the Army Band. Now, I do not want these ladies embarrassed by knowing that I am irritated by these requests, particularly as they pass them to me through Mrs. Marshall, what I do want is for you to find out what can be done to help this club, and then see that it is done. This is one of the important activities in the City on behalf of the soldiers, and I would like you to establish definitely and clearly a contact with the officials of this club.
In the past, particularly before you were placed in command of the District, on several occasions I had to give instructions to your Headquarters to make provision for the emergencies that developed over the weekend. These matters never should have come to me in the first place, and I now want to clearly establish a relationship between your Headquarters and the club, of which a Mrs. Fowler is President.
As I understand the last request that has come to me, the Navy Band furnishes an orchestra every other week, and the Army Band is not doing this. Please look into the matter.
Incidentally, I sent for a schedule of the Army Band, which I attach. It does not seem to me that much advantage is being realized from a rather impressive institution, except in the way of radio broadcasts. When the Band moves out to Myer, I would like you to look into the matter and see what might be proposed.
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, Selected Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed memorandum.
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. 143.