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Memorandum for Colonel Pasco
August 31, 1944 Washington, D.C.
There was a Captain Earl W. Pit[t]man, O-920189 who organized the Sales Commissary at Fort Myer in a very efficient manner. He was transferred to the Aleutians and I learn informally that he is on duty of a nature for which he is not very well prepared, and that therefore his special ability in connection with food supplies is not being utilized.
I dislike mixing up in such things, but make a quiet inquiry regarding the fellow and see if there would be any point to taking him out of Alaska and, for example, turning him over to the Post Exchange Service, or putting him in a position in the QMC [Quartermaster Corps] where his talents would be better utilized.
Try not to inject me into this. I am merely trying to see if we have got a square peg in a round hole.1
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, General Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed memorandum.
1. Pittman was soon transferred to the European theater where he was assigned to procuring food for the army.
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. 4, “Aggressive and Determined Leadership,” June 1, 1943-December 31, 1944 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996), p. 562.