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Memorandum for General Moore1
August 9, 1940 [Washington, D.C.]
Subject: Extension of Airports at Roanoke and Lynchburg, Virginia.
Mr. Woodrum, Chairman of the Deficiency Appropriation Committee of the House, called to see me this morning. He is interested in the development of the Roanoke Airport, and for Senator Glass in the development of the Lynchburg Airport.2 He is familiar with our policy of restricting national defense arguments in such matters to the Northeast, the Northwest and Southeastern areas. However, Roanoke is on the edge of the Mountains and directly on the route between Nashville and Washington. It seems to me that the extension of the runways at least at Roanoke is of enough importance to give us reason for advocating action.
I wish this looked into as quickly as possible to see what we might do toward increasing the WPA or other allotments for improvement of this field. Specifically, Mr. Woodrum would like to visit both places on Tuesday, with a representative of the War Department, to meet the delegations there and satisfy them that the War Department is considering their interests. I have in mind Major Wilson as being the proper officer to make the trip.3
I have seen Wilson and sent him to you
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, Selected Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed memorandum signed.
1. Brigadier General Richard C. Moore, formerly assistant chief of staff for supply (G-4), had been additional deputy chief of staff since July 22. Moore’s new job was to handle all matters pertaining to supply and construction and all Air Corps and Armored Force matters except training and personnel.
2. Clifton A. Woodrum of Virginia was the third-ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee. Senator Carter Glass, also a Virginia Democrat, was the chairman of the Senate Appropriations committee.
3. Major Arthur R. Wilson was the G-4 officer assigned as liaison to the Federal Works Agency. The War Department Aviation Board inspected the Roanoke airport and recommended against improving the runways or establishing an air unit there. In December Marshall told Wilson: “If you can think of anything else we might do around Roanoke of any character relating to national defense, will you let me know because I would like to accommodate Mr. Woodrum if it is possible to do so.” (Marshall Memorandum for Colonel Arthur Wilson, December 9,1940, GCMRL/G.C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, General].)
4. Marshall probably added this postscript by hand on the original; it had been typed on the carbon copy.
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. 288-289.