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Memorandum for General Clark, GHQ1
January 18, 1942 [Washington, D.C.]
On your inspection trip to the West Coast I wish you would look specifically into the following matters:
The question of delimiting the Theater of Operations in contrast to doing away with the Theater of Operations and having merely a defense command.
The question of taking from the theater commanders the control of the Corps Area command and placing the various detachments guarding utilities and defense manufacturing concerns under Corps Area commanders. Exceptions to this, of course, could be made in the case of very critical installations at exposed locations such as the Boeing plant, Bremerton Navy Yard, the aircraft plants in Los Angeles and the Consolidated plant in San Diego.
The gradual reduction of mobile troops now employed on purely defensive measures within the continental United States, particularly as relates to their training for offensive warfare.
The issue which has been raised by the Chief of the Air Corps regarding the failure to give combat firing training to aviation units employed in theaters. The blame for this is placed on the War Department restrictions as to ammunition or GHQ restrictions as to ammunition and on lack of aggressiveness on the part of air commanders, etc.
The question of unity of command for over water missions along the coast.
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. Army General Headquarters had been established in July 1940 primarily to direct the training of ground forces. In July 1941 its mission was expanded to include planning and command of military operations. Mark Wayne Clark had been brought into G.H.Q. in mid-1941, made assistant chief of staff, G-3, and promoted to brigadier general; on December 9, 1941, he became deputy chief of staff of G.H.Q.
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), p. 69.