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Memorandum for General Somervell
July 19, 1943 [Washington, D.C.]
I called in General Osborn this morning to talk over his educational program, in connection with my thoughts regarding plans for demobilization. I learnt that of the 100 trained educational officers set up for overseas only about 14 had left the United States.1
I am anxious to have this work gotten under way particularly with reference to isolated stations. Please have whoever controls the matter of departures endeavor to facilitate the advancement of the program.
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. Brigadier General Frederick H. Osborn’s Special Services Division was charged with developing the army’s educational programs, which were to be enlarged after the war. The Army Institute had been established on December 24, 1941, to produce educational materials and coordinate courses. It was formally opened at Madison, Wisconsin, in the spring of 1942, admitted navy personnel beginning in September 1942, and changed its name to the U.S. Armed Forces Institute in February 1943. On May 5, 1942, Marshall authorized sending approximately one hundred educational officers overseas. (Draft Memorandum to the Commanding General, Army Service Forces, for Marshall’s signature, filed with the document printed here.)
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. 66-67.