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Memorandum for the Surgeon General
October 5, 1940 [Washington, D.C.]
Subject: Assignment of Captain Leon B. Thomas,
Medical Reserve Corps (O-31420)
The above officer is at Vancouver Barracks, Washington, and has been ordered to duty for one year. I have never seen him, and until yesterday had never heard of him. However, a rather remarkable commendation of his services reached me from the wife of a Staff Sergeant at Vancouver, whom I know to be a woman of education and discernment. He seems to have saved her and her husband—an unusually fine character—by his skillful attention. As a result, in gratitude she is praying that he be considered for some hospital assignment, as at the Letterman, where adequate equipment is available.
Will you be good enough to check on this man, and if he is found to be of promise, to see that he gets an assignment suitable to his possibilities. I do not think he has the faintest idea that anyone is boosting his cause, but, frankly, I have been so irritated by heavy pressures to advance undeserving men that I would derive positive satisfaction from helping, in this manner, a really deserving man in an inconspicuous position.1
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, General Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed memorandum.
1. Captain Thomas was assigned to Fort Lewis, Washington, his second station of choice, on October 15, 1940. (Mrs. Alva M. Hughes to Katherine T. Marshall, September 29, 1940, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, General]; Colonel Larry B. McAfee Memorandum for the Secretary, General Staff, October 30, 1940, ibid.)
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. 326.