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To Brigadier General Asa L. Singleton
April 22, 1940 [Washington, D.C.]
I was about to write you a note this morning when the mail brought yours of April 19th to me, so I am a little embarrassed in saying what I intended to tell you.1
The Secretary plans to be at Benning the 24th and 25th, and I may be there then, though my visit is on a more dubious basis due to congressional involvements regarding the Appropriation bill and the Promotion Bill. At the present time I am due to leave here Tuesday night for New York,2 and I am planning to leave there—from Newark Field at seven o’clock for Fort Benning, where I should arrive about eleven o’clock on Wednesday morning. Now, I want you to devote yourself exclusively to the Secretary of War. It is of great importance that he see everything and receive every attention,—it is of equal importance that I get a chance to see the things I want to see, which I cannot very well do if otherwise involved.
So, I wish you would arrange for me to stay with the Walter Fultons, if convenient to them; otherwise with Courtney Hodges.3 I mentioned Fulton first because I am fond of him and admire him and regret very much that he could not be promoted. For that reason it might help out a bit if I stayed with him, but I leave you to judge of this.
I will radio you the moment my plans crystallize, which is going to depend entirely on the vicissitudes of Army hearings and legislative battles in Congress.
Major [Walter B.] Smith has not had an opportunity yet to tell me of Baruch’s visit, but I am glad to learn from you that it was apparently successful, and I received an appreciative telegram from him.4
P.S. The Secretary has just told me that he is still uncertain as to whether or not he will be at Benning on the 24th and 25th.5
Since dictating the above Major Smith has told me of the very perfect arrangements you made for Baruch and the highly successful manner in which everything worked out in connection with his visit. I am deeply grateful.
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. Singleton had written, “I know that you know I expect you to stop with me when you come to Benning.” (Singleton to Marshall, April 19, 1940, GCMRL/G.C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, Selected].)
2. On April 23 Marshall delivered an off-the-record address to the American Newspaper Publishers Association convention in New York City’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. There is no text for or transcript of this speech in the Marshall papers.
3. Colonel Walter S. Fulton (U.S.M.A., 1904) had been in the National Guard Bureau until March 1939 when he was detailed to the Infantry School. Courtney H. Hodges, who had enlisted in the army in 1906, had been promoted to Brigadier general on April 1, and at this time was the assistant commandant at the Infantry School.
4. Baruch wrote: “Most instructive visit. Everyone has been exceedingly courteous and attentive. Many thanks.” (Baruch to Marshall, Telegram, April 18, 1940, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, Selected].)
5. Secretary of War Woodring did not go to Fort Benning.
Recommended Citation: ThePapers 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. 200-201.