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Memorandum for the Assistant Chief
of Staff, G-1 [Shedd]
October 25, 1940 [Washington, D.C.]
The following instructions of the President (see attached pencil slip in his hand-writing), have been received.1
Colored reservists must be called just as white reservists. I think our present plans contemplate a larger percentage of colored reservists, considering their total, than white reservists.
Colored reserves are to be assigned to new units. You will have to check up on our plans and see how best to do this considering the qualifications of the officers. However, this question is now [not] quite so pressing, as the new units have not yet been organized.
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. No copy of the penciled note was retained in the Marshall papers.
Recommended Citation: ThePapers 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. 337-338.