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Memorandum for Major Ewert1
January 13, 1940 Washington, D.C.
I am attaching a letter from Judge May, of the Military Affairs Committee, which specifically refers to recruiting.2 In view of the fact that we have jumped up to practically 220,000 today, that we have enlisted since July 1st 51,000 in additions to the Army and (get this from the Adjutant General) to replace discharges, I think the recruiting program has been an amazing success.
It seems a release is needed to off-set this damned idea.
G. C. M.
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, General Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed memorandum signed.
1. Major Earl C. Ewert worked in the Public Relations Branch of G-2.
2. Andrew J. May, Democrat from Kentucky’s Seventh District, had forwarded an editorial cut from the weekly Labor, which criticized Marshall’s American Historical Association speech and Army recruitment policy. “Instead of permitting soldiers to rewrite our histories, it might be well for Congress or the Executive to order an impartial inquiry to determine what’s wrong with our army. Why is it less than 25 per cent ready? Why do young men refuse to enlist?. . . We can’t very well expect the answers to come from the generals. They are responsible for whatever may be wrong with the army. . . . Our guess is that young men do not enlist because the caste system, so rigidly enforced, is obnoxious to the average red-blooded American.” (“What Is the Matter With Our Army?” Labor, January 9, 1940, p. 4.)
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. 140-141.