2-268 To Bernard M. Baruch, September 24, 1940

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: September 24, 1940

To Bernard M. Baruch

September 24, 1940 [Washington, D.C.]

Dear Mr. Baruch:

Pa Watson sent me over a telegram from you regarding permanence of the construction in our encampments, with relation to their possible use in the future for housing homeless civilians.1 All of the temporary construction that we are entering into is of a type that should last for ten years if we are permitted necessary annual repairs. The exception to this is in the matter of barracks for the units of the National Guard being concentrated in the South. In these cases the men are to use framed and screened tents; but the remainder of the set-up is on the same basis of construction as above referred to, that is, roads, walks, sewers, water systems, kitchens, mess halls, latrines, recreation rooms, hospitals, etc. For National Guard organizations in the more northerly latitudes, the construction is of the cantonment type throughout; the same applies to the extensions of existing Regular Army establishments which have to be increased for the purposes of the Selective Service Act.

Faithfully yours,

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

Document Format: Typed letter.

1. Baruch’s telegram of September 20 to the president’s secretary read: “I think all of the encampments should be built with permanence in view. In case [of] another economic collapse scattered as they will be all over the country, they could be used as encampments for housing the homeless or feeding the hungry.” General Watson gave Major Walter B. Smith a copy of the message and said that the president was very receptive to the idea. (Baruch’s telegram and Smith’s attached, undated memorandum to General Marshall are in GCMRL/ G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, Selected].)

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. 316.

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