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Memorandum for the Assistant Chief of Staff, G-4 [Somervell]
February 3, 1942 [Washington, D.C.]
Subject: Troop accommodations on the “Queen Mary.”
With reference to the fact that the “Queen Mary” can accommodate 8,200 men and the question raised as to whether that number should be embarked, the Secretary of War approved my memorandum for the utilization of the full capacity of the boat.
I just talked to General Watson, who states that while the President had in mind that 5,000 might be the limit, he was willing to accept the view of the Secretary of War and myself that we should utilize the full capacity of the boat, in view of the present extreme shortage in ocean shipping. The President desires that this be done, but would like so far as practicable to replace troops with freight, baggage, etc. In other words, he wishes all available space on the “Queen Mary” to be utilized, but would prefer so far as practicable of arrangement that baggage be substituted for troops in order to reduce the total number of troops somewhat.
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, Selected Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed memorandum.
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), p. 97.