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Memorandum for General Hilldring
May 27, 1942 [Washington, D.C.]
Two things occurred to me during my trip that related to G-1:
The first refers to wounded Air Corps officers, particularly those who were knocked out at Pearl Harbor. The Air people on the West Coast think these men would be of great value to them in the Air Warning and Dispatching Services. They feel that such men would command great respect, and also that the individual himself would be delighted with the opportunity to play an important part in directing air action. The loss of a leg, an arm and other disabilities of that nature would not prevent full service.1
I ran into some old NCO’s on the West Coast, and it seemed to me that these men were ideal for Military Police commanders and battalion commanders, and for officer jobs with the station complements and in the big depots. Recently a former captain of a Headquarters Company of the First Division in France came to my attention. He was either a master sergeant or a warrant officer. He had the reputation recently of being the best First Sergeant in the Army. Such a man should command a Military Police battalion.2
Look into this, please.
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. Hilldring replied that the Army Air Forces had been directed to utilize disabled officers in air defense units of the Continental Defense commands. (Hilldring Memorandum for the Chief of Staff, May 29, 1942, NA/RG 165 [OPD, Project Decimal File 1941-43, Western Defense Command].)
2. Hilldring reported that the provost marshal general had commissioned many older noncommissioned officers for military police duty. A recent allotment of five hundred had been authorized for corps area commanding generals to fill by commissioning warrant officers and noncommissioned officers. (Ibid.) On Marshall’s long-standing desire to use older men and experienced sergeants in the military police, see Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #2-080 [2: 108-9].
Recommended Citation: The Papers 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), pp. 211-212.