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Memorandum for the Chief, National Guard Bureau [Williams]
August 6, 1940 [Washington, D.C.]
Subject: Exemptions and Relief Measures.
I wish you would have somebody in your office make a study and keep abreast of both the questions of exemptions, and especially of possible relief measures where the exemptions are not practicable of arrangement without too destructive an effect on National Guard units.
I want the War Department to be ready to make the necessary proposals to Congress, if proposals should be made, to meet these problems in the event of a mobilization of the National Guard. As I recall, a measure of this character was put into effect when the Guard was on the Border in 1916, but the trouble was months elapsed before action was taken. If it is necessary to take such action, we should be timely with the first move. It occurs to me that possibly we can arrange for some assistance through an existing fund outside the control of the War Department. In any event, have the field of requirements and possible solutions carefully covered.1
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), 16810-134, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.
Document Format: Typed memorandum.
1. At the July 30 Senate Military Affairs Committee hearing, Marshall had discussed the necessity of exempting certain members of the National Guard from being called up with their units. See Ordering Reserve Components and Retired Personnel into Active Military Service, pp. 6-8, 20.
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. 284-285.