4-383 Memorandum for General Campbell, May 16, 1944

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: May 16, 1944

Subject: World War II

Memorandum for General Campbell

May 16, 1944 [Washington, D.C.]

At Camp Adair the other day I witnessed some automatic rifle firing. Among the group of firers in my immediate vicinity there were a number of failures to eject. Examination was made of the rifles and they had been oiled and seemed to be in good condition, but the failures continued.

I attach the cover of one of the cartridge boxes and one of the empty cartridges for such check as might be indicated.1

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. On May 18 Major General Thomas J. Hayes (U.S.M.A., 1912) in the Ordnance Department replied for Major General Levin H. Campbell, Jr., chief of Ordnance. The Ordnance officer at Camp Adair, when questioned about the incident, reported that an M-1 rifle had developed ejection trouble due to improper lubrication. The Office of the Chief of Ordnance concluded: “From the evidence at hand there is nothing to indicate faulty ammunition. The rifle malfunction appears to have been a sporadic incident not indicative of general trouble.” (Hayes for Campbell to Marshall, May 18, 1944, NA/RG 165 [OCS, 353.4 (5-16-44)].)

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), pp. 450-451.

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