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Memorandum for the Commanding
General, First Army1
September 18, 1941 [Washington, D.C.]
It has come to my attention that a number of general officers have relatives as members of their staffs. This practice has serious objections. The presence of such individuals on the personal or official staff of a commander has an unavoidably adverse reaction in the minds of both superiors and subordinates in their dealings with the commander concerned. I am convinced that under present conditions such a practice does not serve the best interests of the Army.
It is desired, therefore, that in your command you take steps informally and quietly to have relatives of general officers who are members of the personal and official staffs of those officers assigned to other duties prior to December 31, 1941.2
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), 21320-1, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.
Document Format: Typed memorandum.
1. Identical letters were sent to the commanding generals of all corps areas, armies, departments, Armored Force, and Air Force Combat Command.
2. Concerning the use of relatives as aides, see note 1, Marshall to Herron, April 1, 1940, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #2-147 [2: 183-184].
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. 612.