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Memorandum for General Ulio
March 20, 1941 [Washington, D.C.]
I learned from General Devers at Fort Bragg that he has no authorization for recreational facilities for the motorized and animal unit areas, involving 14,800 troops. I am referring to two theatres, service club, guest house, Post Office, telephone exchange. Also, no service club or guest house is authorized for 8,000 colored troops. Please look into this.1
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. With enormous construction loads, recreational facilities received low priority, construction of both housing and facilities for black troops ranked near the bottom. Since many communities opposed the stationing of black troops on nearby army posts and creating recreational facilities for them in their towns, the War Department carefully stationed such troops to avoid controversy. (Ulysses Lee, The Employment of Negro Troops, a volume in the United States Army in World War II [Washington: GPO, 1966], pp. 97-102.)
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), pp. 448-449,