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Memorandum for the Assistant Chiefs of Staff,
G-1 [Haislip] and G-4 [Reybold]
May 7, 1941 [Washington, D.C.]
General Ulio tells me this morning that Mr. McNutt is considering a proposal to entirely remove the CCC from Army responsibility. My own reaction is that we should take it over completely or release it entirely, and in the light of the complicating factors, I think the better course is to release it.
Please look into this from the viewpoint of the changes that will be required.1
For the present this is confidential.
Document Copy Text Source: Records of the War Department General and Special Staffs (RG 165), Records of the Office of the Chief of Staff (OCS), 17622-1822, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.
Document Format: Typed memorandum.
1. On the relationship of the army to the administration of the Civilian Conservation Corps, see Papers of George C. Marshall, #1-323 [1: 392-93]. The Personnel Division of the General Staff favored release of control over the C.C.C. because the Regular officers thus made available were urgently needed for other duties. The Supply Division concurred, but noted that certain services provided by the army, such as communications and medical, would be difficult for the C.C.C. to replace. G-4 also noted that the army’s assumption of total control over the C.C.C. would be complicated under existing laws. (Haislip Memorandum for Chief of Staff, May 12, 1941, NA/RG 165 [G-1, 11882-1606]; Reybold Memorandum for Chief of Staff, May 13, 1941, NA/RG 165 [G-4, 32960].) For further discussion of the army’s control over the administration of the C.C.C. camps, see Marshall Memorandum for General Ulio, January 30, 1942, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, Selected].)
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. 497.