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Memorandum for General Cox1
March 5, 1942 [Washington, D.C.]
I have received a number of criticisms regarding the driving of army motor vehicles in the District and this general vicinity. They refer both to reckless driving and to the hard service being given the vehicles, in view of the present drive to conserve rubber and reduce motor maintenance requirements.
Personally, I have seen a number of exhibitions of bad driving and of the speeding of trucks. Twice my car has been forced to the curb or cut across in a highly dangerous manner by army trucks. On several occasions while walking at Myer Mrs. Marshall and I have had narrow escapes as result of reckless truck drivers. And yet my observation has been extremely limited, which would seem to indicate that the criticisms which reach me are reasonably well founded.
I do not want my name or office involved in this matter, but I do want you to take action to correct these deficiencies. A mere order is not sufficient.
Document Copy Text Source: Records of the War Department General and Special Staffs (RG 165), Records of the Office of the Chief of Staff (OCS), 330.14, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.
Document Format: Typed memorandum.
1. Brigadier General Albert L. Cox was commanding general of the Washington, D.C., Provisional Brigade.
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. 125.