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Memorandum for the Chief of Staff from Colonel Frank McCarthy1
October 27, 1944 Washington, D.C.
I talked to Colonel Green of the Infantry Journal about publishing a collection of your speeches and testimony on the organization and training of the Army instead of the biography which the Journal was planning to have written.2 I think you should read the attached letter from Colonel Green. General Surles feels that the proposition is o.k. as Colonel Green outlined it, and I concur.
If they care to do it, OK. But when he refers to “statements to open hearings of Congress” I fear that unless heavy cutting is indulged in the volume would be too massive and dull. Attached however is a statement most of which might well be printed. There was another lengthy one on maneuvers that would be of value. The statement in early spring of 1940 reference Europe blazing and sparks reaching another is a good example. Another good example is my answer to question where American army might fight.3
G. C. M.
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, Selected Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Handwritten memorandum signed.
1. Marshall wrote his reply on the bottom and back of McCarthy’s memorandum.
2. Since mid-1940, Colonel Joseph I. Greene (U.S.M.A., 1923) had been secretary of the United States Infantry Association and editor of its Infantry Journal. Greene’s letter is not in the Marshall papers.
3. Harvey A. DeWeerd, a major in the army reserves and a professional historian, compiled and edited Selected Speeches and Statements of General of the Army George C. Marshall, Chief of Staff United States Army (Washington: Infantry Journal, 1945). The volume included forty-eight speeches and congressional testimonies by Marshall between October 1, 1938, and June 16, 1945. It was officially released to the public on August 24, 1945.
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. 4, “Aggressive and Determined Leadership,” June 1, 1943-December 31, 1944 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996), p. 641.