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Memorandum for the Assistant Chief
of Staff, G-1 [Wilson]
August 26, 1942 [Washington, D.C.]
I have lost track of what is being done regarding campaign ribbons. I have particularly in mind a ribbon for the Philippine campaign—Bataan, but I am also interested in some acknowledgment for other campaigns like those in the Netherlands [Indies] and Northern Australia, for example, Midway action and west of Kodiak affairs.
I am also interested in what acknowledgment if any is to be made of men who have served varying periods overseas. Does the six months gold chevron of the A.E.F. still continue in force? I think it important that men on these isolated stations be stimulated by every means of this sort that is considered advisable. Usually a ribbon or a chevron means more to a man than a ton of freight including recreational material, etc. In the past the War Department has always been six months to ten years behind in these matters and I am determined that in this war we will act with sufficient promptness to derive beneficial results in our current military efforts.
Have whoever is in charge of such matters come in to see me personally and bring me up to date regarding this.1
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. The Personnel Division drafted an executive order authorizing the award of “American, European, African-Middle Eastern, and Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medals,” but the president returned it unsigned with the note: “Our Army forces are just beginning to get in contact with the enemy. I suggest that this whole matter of campaign medals be deferred for six months.” (Roosevelt Memorandum for the Secretary of War, September 14, 1942, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, Selected].)
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. 3, “The Right Man for the Job,” December 7, 1941-May 31, 1943 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991), pp. 322-323.