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Memorandum for General McNarney
September 26, 1944 [Washington, D.C.]
The Congressman from the Anniston District of Alabama, together with another Alabama Congressman, both of the Military Committee called on me yesterday to protest against the alleged proposed abandonment of the Fort McClellan reservation.1 Their grounds of course were that there was a permanent installation there with a number of buildings and a fine reservation. I gathered from the conversation that the stumbling block probably is the fact that it is a hutment or tent camp.
Will you let me know what the situation is in regard to McClellan.2
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. John J. Sparkman, a Democrat from the Alabama Eighth District, was a member of the House Military Affairs Committee. Sam Hobbs, a Democrat from the Alabama Fourth District, was a member of the House Judiciary Committee, but Fort McClellan lay in his district.
2. Fort McClellan was a Ground Forces replacement training center. Its housing capacity was 42,127, of which only 5 percent were of the permanent-construction type. War Department plans called for the post’s inactivation after the war, not its abandonment. (Pasco Memorandum for the Chief of Staff, September 28, 1944, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, Selected].) For further developments, see Marshall to Hobbs, November 2, 1944, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #4-564 [4: 648].
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), p. 607.