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Memorandum for General Bryden
November 22, 1940 [Washington, D.C.]
Give me the venereal rate for the 22d Infantry for the past three months; also give me the venereal rate for the past month in the 27th Division. Let me have the name of the Colonel and of the Lieutenant-Colonel of the 22d Infantry.
Let me know what is the reason for not giving bachelor officers commutation of quarters. The Secretary of War found a tremendous reaction regarding this.1
Rents and Moral conditions:
Have someone report to me what might be done to control the sky rocketing of rents near the large camps in the South, and what we can do prior to the passage of a law to improve the situation as to drinking, prostitution and matters of that sort, which are becoming very serious.
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. Secretary of War Stimson had visited Fort Benning between November 16 and 20 and Fort McClellan on November 19. At Fort McClellan he had inspected the Twenty-seventh Division, New York National Guard, and the Twenty-second Infantry Regiment, a Regular Army unit of the Fourth Infantry Division. The secretary commented in his diary that he was “very much impressed” with what he saw. (Yale/H. L. Stimson Papers [Diary, 31: 150-51].) When he returned to the War Department on the morning of November 22, Stimson “had a long conference with General Marshall, lasting nearly an hour, in which I went over with him fully all the long list of recommendations which I had made concerning my observation and inspection.” (Ibid., p. 153.)
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. 354.