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Memorandum for Colonel Helmick1
(Also Attention Colonel Smith, G.S.)
January 30, 1942 [Washington, D.C.]
The Postmaster General appealed to the Secretaries of the Army and the Navy today for funds, $2,000,000 from each, to support the expense of the facilities he has been establishing for the handling of soldiers’ mail in the various cantonments and other places. When this request comes in, I would like to have it carefully considered.
The Secretary was unaware of his own contingent fund; that he specifically had one and what it amounted to. He was wholly unaware that the Chief of Staff had a contingent fund.2 I explained this to him. Colonel Knox had complicated the issue when he stated that he had a fund and would undertake to meet this expense.3
In any event, when the paper comes in, see that it is handled promptly and brought to my personal attention.
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. Colonel Charles G. Helmick (U.S.N.A., 1913) was chief of the Budget and Legislative Planning Branch.
2. In the fiscal 1942 War Department budget, the secretary of war had a contingency fund of $200,000 and the chief of staff $25,000,000. See Marshall’s statement of May 15, 1941, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #2-454 [2: 505-7].
3. Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox had served in the army from the Rough Riders of the Spanish-American War to colonel of the 365th Field Artillery, Reserve, after World War I.
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), pp. 90-91.