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2-279 Memorandum for General Bryden, October 9, 1940
Memorandum for General Bryden
October 9, 1940 [Washington, D.C.]
Subject: Reinforcement of Hawaii.
The following is the situation at the present time:
The President will not direct the reinforcement of Hawaii by a division, and does not specifically direct its reinforcement by any troops, but would be gratified if we could find it advisable to take some such action. The Secretary of War is in accord with this view.
Our decision is to send the 251st AA regiment of the National Guard of California, now at Ventura, whenever transportation is available.1
Admiral Stark notifies me that he sees no prospect of the Navy having space available in the near future, and is having difficulty in chartering additional boats to carry his own people.
I understand from the attached papers that there is no available space on Army transports until next March.
Will you have this looked into to see if we can scare up some transportation for these men?
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. During the winter, the 251st Antiaircraft Artillery Regiment moved to Oahu, becoming the first National Guard unit to leave the continental United States for overseas duty. (Stetson Conn, Rose C. Engelman, and Byron Fairchild, Guarding the United States and Its Outposts, a volume in the United States Army in World War II [Washington: GPO, 1964], p. 159.)
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. 328.