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Memorandum for the Assistant Chief of Staff, G-1
September 17, 1940 [Washington, D.C.]
Have we ever considered the award of a good conduct medal or other decoration that might be used to stimulate pride in such a force as we are about to enter into training? It seems to me that if the development of this citizen Army should take place entirely on a peace basis, it would be quite important to figure out some distinctions other than mere athletic medals, for which men would strive and point to later with pride.1
It may be that this has all been considered but I wish you could let me have an informal report.
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. Medals or badges for good conduct previously had been authorized for the other services: Navy (1869); Marine Corps (1896); Coast Guard (1923). Executive Order 8809 of June 28, 1941, authorized the Army Good Conduct Medal for award to enlisted men who had honorably completed three continuous years of active service subsequent to August 26, 1940, among other qualifications. (Evans E. Kenigan, American War Medals and Decorations [New York: Viking Press, 1964], pp. 48-51.)
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), p. 314.