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Memorandum for the Quartermaster
March 20, 1941 [Washington, D.C.]
On a recent inspection trip I noticed utility buildings at various places that had been completed but lacked equipment. For example, at Fort Bragg the cold storage plant building was ready January 16th, but the equipment will not be available until March 18—if then; the laundry building was ready February 1st, but the equipment not until March 25th; the bakery building was ready December 21st, but the equipment is not due until March 25th. I found the same situation regarding furniture. At Camp Stewart the recreation building was completed but no furniture was available; the men were in dire need of a place to go, as they are in a rather desolate location, and there stands a building empty of all equipment and furniture. I found libraries (this probably is not your business) ready for books and no books.
What is the reason for this? It would seem to me it would take less time to get the furniture, for example, than it does to build a building, particularly when ordinary standard furniture is available.
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, Selected Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed memorandum.
Recommended Citation: The Papers 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. 448,