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Memorandum for Major Pasco1
July 9, 1943 [Washington, D.C.]
I notice in the record of my correspondence a number of questions, some anonymous, which puzzle parents or wives and yet for which there is a very simple answer. I rather think it might be a good thing to list these with proposed answers from time to time and turn them over to the Bureau of Public Relations to be farmed out in some form of publicity.
In this morning’s digest of correspondence I notice this question:
“Why are furloughs not given boys of 19 and 20 about to be sent overseas?”
That is a very easy matter to answer so that all could understand, a matter of secrecy, railroad transportation and a number of other factors which prevent such procedure.
Examine into 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. H. Merrill Pasco was an assistant secretary of the General Staff.
2. Omitted is a request that Pasco try to find a specific World War I document.
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), p. 48.