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Memorandum for General Porter, G-31
July 14, 1943 [Washington, D.C.]
The transfer of Quartermaster training activities at Fort Warren, Wyoming, has just come to my attention. I talked to General Gregory about it and his view, as you probably already know, is quite different from that of the Ground Forces as to the best method of developing these Corps and Army Quartermaster units.2
As he sees the situation we will have a division commander training at Warren deeply concerned about his division and quite naturally with not much of an interest in these parentless organizations of Quartermaster troops there. The equipment is there, the morale has been developed there towards preparation of these units, and the opportunity is presented for going much further in the organizational training of these Quartermaster troops.
I know the officer in charge of the Quartermaster training and he is an unusually able man, an ex-Infantryman.3
Please refresh your mind about all the details in this matter and come in to talk to me about it.
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, Selected Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed memorandum.
1. Major General Ray E. Porter, who had graduated from Infantry School courses in 1928 and 1932 under Marshall, had been assistant chief of staff for organization and training since May 16, 1943.
2. Fort Warren had been one of two Quartermaster Replacement Training Centers since March 1941 (the other being Camp Lee, Virginia). It was scheduled to be inactivated as a Replacement Training Center and to become a Quartermaster unit training center. Administrative control over Fort Warren was exercised by the Seventh Service Command rather than the Office of the Quartermaster General, which was headed by Major General Edmund B. Gregory. (Erna Risch and Chester L. Kieffer, The Quartermaster Corps: Organization, Supply, and Services, volume 2, a volume in the United States Army in World War II [Washington: GPO, 1955], pp. 215, 219.)
3. Colonel Wilbur R. McReynolds had been director of training since 1941
Recommended Citation: ThePapers 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. 4, “Aggressive and Determined Leadership,” June 1, 1943-December 31, 1944 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996), pp. 65-66.