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Memorandum for General Moore
April 5, 1941 Washington, D.C.
Last night I had dinner with General Preston Brown. His brother-in-law, Mr. Waite, was a member of the small group. Mr. Waite, whom I have known before, is apparently the man in charge of the investigation by the Budget Bureau, under Mr. Smith, of our procedure in selecting and constructing cantonments.1 I also find that he feels there were egregious blunders in the selection of cantonment areas, referring especially to Blanding, Indiantown Gap and the Antiaircraft cantonment in the vicinity of March Field. He feels that these selections were inexcusable,* and as he is Mr. Smith’s adviser and naturally determines Mr. Smith’s feelings in the matter, this is a rather serious state of affairs.
Mr. Waite is a business man who gives two weeks, I believe, out of each month to this work. He has been very friendly disposed to the Army on account of his connection with Preston Brown. I think it highly advisable to go over these matters with him and see if we can alter his point of view. I suggest that you make an appointment with him to come to your office and state his views to Embick, Reybold and yourself, and give you three officers a chance to develop a better perspective for him as to the numerous influences which bore on each decision. I include Embick because of his calm and logical way of putting things, and particularly because he was in command of the Fourth Corps Area when the recommendation for Blanding was submitted to the War Department.
G. C. M.
* I am not referring to layouts.2
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, General Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed memorandum signed.
1. Harold D. Smith was the director of the bureau of the budget Henry M. Waite, a civil engineer, was a consultant for the bureau’s Defense Projects unit. Major General Preston Brown had been deputy chief of staff in 1930 and sixth corps Area commanding general when Marshall was senior instructor of the Illinois National Guard.
2. Moore returned the memorandum to Marshall with a note at the bottom of the page: “Held satisfactory conference at 2:30 PM April 7- RCM.”
Recommended Citation: ThePapers 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. 466-467,