1-209 Memorandum for General Pershing, January 3, 1924

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: January 3, 1924

Memorandum for General Pershing

January 3, 1924 Washington, D.C.

Attached are my notes regarding the Y.M.C.A.1 They have been collected from Carter’s report to G-1, and from volumes published by the Y.M.C.A. I have given you rather a mass of figures, not with any idea that you would use them as such, but for the purpose of making the picture of tremendous and diverse activities and obligations of the Y in the A.E.F.

I have always felt that the Y.M.C.A. was most unfairly treated by the Army and by public opinion, and that this was largely due, not only to a complete misunderstanding by the soldiers of the task assigned to the Y by you and the limitations (tonnage) imposed in connection with carrying out that task, but especially to a comparison with the limited and optional activities of the Knights of Columbus, Salvation Army, and the Jewish Welfare Board.2

G. C. Marshall, Jr.

Document Copy Text Source: John J. Pershing Papers, General Correspondence, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

Document Format: Typed memorandum signed.

1. The notes on the Young Men’s Christian Association are not attached to the file copy in the Pershing papers.

2. Marshall made similar statements concerning the Young Men’s Christian Association’s war activities in his Memoirs, p. 21, and his interview of April 5, 1957.

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. 1, “The Soldierly Spirit,” December 1880-June 1939 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1981), pp. 247-248.

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