3-331 Memorandum for the Director, Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps, September 16, 1942

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: September 16, 1942

Subject: World War II, Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps/Women’s Army Corps

Memorandum for the Director, Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps

September 16, 1942 [Washington, D.C.]

Personal and Confidential

Dear Mrs. Hobby:

Mrs. Roosevelt telephoned the Secretary of War today that she was planning to make a visit to England leaving here some time between the twelfth and fifteenth of October. She wishes to see how the British people are reacting and how they are integrated into the war effort. Also she will probably visit some of our troop camps.

She made mention of the possibility that you might be going over some time and that she would be glad if you happened to be in England during at least a part of her stay. As I understand it, she did not have in mind that you would be a member of her party, but rather that when she was visiting women’s military or naval organizations that you might join her.

I have had in mind that it would be profitable for you to see what the British have done and I also realize that an absence in October presents special difficulties for you in view of the organizational phase of your Corps. However I do think that it would be an excellent thing if you were brought into more intimate contact with Mrs. Roosevelt and this seems just such an opportunity.

Do you think you could so arrange your affairs as to visit England for a week or ten days during the latter part of October?1

Mrs. Roosevelt’s trip is of course highly confidential, but as I have explained the situation, it should be practicable for you to talk to me over the phone about this without mentioning names or places.

Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, Selected Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.

Document Format: Typed memorandum.

1. As director of the W.A.A.C., Oveta Culp Hobby held the relative rank of colonel, although Congress had authorized pay equal only to that of a major. She and an aide left for Britain on October 19 and returned on November 11. (Mattie E. Treadwell, The Women’s Army Corps, a volume in the United States Army in World War II [Washington: GPO, 1954], pp. 50, 91.)

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. 360.

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