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Memorandum for Lieutenant Colonel Ginsburgh1
March 11, 1941 [Washington, D.C.]
I want to make a talk over the radio on a general hook-up, at some cantonment where ostensibly I am merely addressing, say, the officers and non-commissioned officers of the unit. I want to make a picture of the tremendous army that has been built up on a scale never before dreamed of in time of peace; I want to make both a picture and an appreciation of the wonderful morale with which all the elements, Regulars, National Guardsmen, Selectees, and Volunteers have entered into this task, their accomplishment under vile weather and uncomfortable living conditions, their cheerful endurance of long marches and strenuous training program. In accentuating or appreciating the remarkable morale which really has dominated these units up to the present time, in what amounts to the initial stages of a great experiment in democracy, I wish to mention and even elaborate on the vital importance of the solid backing of the people in public morale as well as military morale, in contrast to quibblings and bickerings, distracting arguments of statistics about production, the long debates in Congress, all of which has produced so much of confusion in the public mind that a really great and splendid achievement of the past six months has all but been overlooked, except as to columns on delays regarding the completion of this or that cantonment and no reference whatever to those that actually were completed ahead of schedule.
Will you be good enough to give me a rough outline of how I might approach this.2
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. A. Robert Ginsburgh, a lawyer detached from the Judge Advocate General’s Department, was on the staff in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of War.
2. Ginsburgh drafted speeches for the chief of staff’s Army Day broadcasts to the Thirty-third Division and on N.B.C. radio, both on April 5, 1941. (For the texts of these broadcasts, see GCMRL/ G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, Speeches].)
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. 441-442,