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Memorandum for General Moore
July 28, 1941 Washington, D.C.
In a telephone conversation with the President yesterday he took up the necessity for providing railroad traffic experts to assist the Russians in keeping the Siberian Railway out of Vladivostok open. Also some assistance in handling the warehouse at Vladivostok, which appears to be in a state of confusion. He spoke of the fact that the Russians did not want military officials to help them, and he suggested that civilian rail and warehouse experts might be provided.
I do not know anything about this, so I pass it to you for reference to the proper place and a follow-up in order that I may report to the President on the subject.1
G. C. M.
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), 16446-3, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.
Document Format: Typed memorandum signed.
1. In reply, Deputy Chief of Staff Moore drafted a memorandum for the president which Marshall signed. The memorandum noted that the matter of United States assistance to Soviet transportation had been discussed with the Division of Defense Aid Reports and with Ralph Budd of the Office for Emergency Management. According to the chief of staff, Colonel Faymonville had stated that the Russians “would not welcome either civilian or military assistance in their administration at Vladivostok or on the Siberian Railway.” (Marshall Memorandum for the President, July 30, 1941, NA/RG 165 [OCS, 16446-3].)
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), p. 579.