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Memorandum for the Quartermaster
October 15, 1941 [Washington, D.C.]
Mr. McCloy1 brought to my attention the fact that families of officers and senior enlisted men of some of the organizations recently sent to the Philippines have been denied commissary privileges although they are living in close proximity to Army posts.
I realize there is a strain on our commissary system but believe that everything possible should be done to make it easier for the families of officers, particularly junior officers, who are on foreign service. I wish you would look into this personally and go as far as possible in extending commissary privileges to these families.
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. John J. McCloy had been assistant secretary of war since April 1941. In his memoirs, Secretary Stimson praised McCloy at length. “So varied were his labors and so catholic his interests that they defy summary. For five years McCloy was the man who handled everything that no one else happened to be handling.” (Henry L. Stimson and McGeorge Bundy, On Active Service in Peace and War [New York: Harper and Brothers 1948], p. 342.)
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), pp. 647-648.