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Memorandum for General Ulio
June 12, 1941 [Washington, D.C.]
Gertrude Ely served through the War with the 18th Infantry in the First Division. She is a wealthy woman who has given a great portion of her time to such efforts. She was a great influence for good in the First Division, particularly as she went into the advance dressing stations and labored valiantly through the heavy fighting of the Division.1
When she comes through Washington, I would like you or one of your principal people to talk to her.2
Document Copy Text Source: Records of the War Department General and Special Staffs (RG 165), Records of the Office of the Chief of Staff (OCS), Secretary, General Staff, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.
Document Format: Typed memorandum.
1. Marshall and Ely had previously discussed the duties that women could assume in the mobilization of troops. (Marshall to Ely, September 18, 1940, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, General].) In April, 1941, he gave her a letter of introduction to the commanding general of Camp Blanding, Florida, where she was to represent the Army Y.M.C.A. (Marshall to Major General John C. Persons, April 14, 1941, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, Selected].)
2. Ulio received Ely on her next visit to Washington, D.C.
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. 532.