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Memorandum for General Henry W. Baird
May 8, 1941 [Washington, D.C.]
General Bryden on returning from his recent inspection trip to Pine Camp reports to me the fact that you emphasized the necessity for sending to any new camp the house-keeping elements first, namely, the Headquarters Company, the Quartermaster Battalion, and the Engineer Battalion; also that advance parties should be stronger—not less than 25 men per regiment, including some strong backs.
I have just discussed this matter with the officer concerned with drafting orders for the movement of troops in G-3, and he tells me that the orders from the War Department allow the necessary latitude to the local commanders in control of such matters. What you emphasized to General Bryden is plain common sense, to put it mildly—what I am surprised at is the necessity for emphasizing it. Please let me have your comments on how the details of your movement were arranged.1
I am sending a copy of this to General Chaffee.
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), 19575-34, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.
Document Format: Typed memorandum.
1. Brigadier General Baird commanded the Fourth Armored Division, which had recently moved to the Pine Plains Military Reservation (called “Pine Camp” from 1908 to 1938) in the Second Corps Area near Watertown, New York.
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), pp. 497-498.