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Memorandum for General Phillipson1
May 8, 1941 [Washington, D.C.]
Subject: Morale Matters.
General Bryden has just returned from an inspection trip in the First and Second Corps Areas, and brings to my attention certain matters with relation to morale.
Specifically, he reports a lack in facilities at Pine Camp. General Ulio tells me that since General Bryden’s report he had directed that special moving picture equipment be expressed to Pine Camp and that a motion picture engineer from Washington has left for Pine Camp to install the equipment in the converted recreation building. Other measures of corrective action have also been taken. But the point is, we should not have to initiate corrective measures in Washington. Has your Morale officer been to Pine Camp and made any recommendations, or taken any action?
It seems to me all possible or practicable measures should be taken in advance of the arrival of the troops. The effect on morale is very marked in either case, favorably if there are evidences of pre-vision in their interest, and unfavorably if there is a long delay before the appropriate measures are taken.
Please check up on this, because I continue to find the same situation time after time as officers of the War Department move about in the field.
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, General Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed memorandum.
1. Major General Irving J. Phillipson (U.S.M.A., 1904) was commanding general of the Second Corps Area.
Recommended Citation: The Papers 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. 498.