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To Brigadier General Courtney H. Hodges1
January 15, 1941 [Washington, D.C.]
This is just a note to tell you that I have had a number of flattering comments regarding the two weeks’ course you conducted for the National Guard Generals.2 In their opinion a tremendous amount of good should flow from the instruction and also the associations and opportunities for lengthy discussions. It is evident that you and your people did a splendid job and I want you to know that I am deeply appreciative.
More and more Benning looms in our mobilization development a factor of immense importance.
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, General Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. Hodges had been commandant at the Infantry School, Fort Benning, Georgia, since October 1940; he had been assistant commandant during the previous two years.
2. At the end of January 1940 the normal nine-month army service school courses had been discontinued. They were replaced by short courses of twelve weeks or less: basic courses for new officers; refresher courses for selected officers; and specialized training for key officers and enlisted men. From September 1940 to December 1941, the schools focused on the hundred thousand National Guard and Reserve Corps officers being called to active duty. Inexperienced officers received basic knowledge and educational skills for training men in their units, administrative and leadership instruction for command and “a conviction of the importance of leadership in training and combat.” (Robert R. Palmer, Bell I. Wiley, and William R. Keast, The Procurement and Training of Ground Combat Troops, a volume in the United States Army in World War II [Washington: GPO, 1948], pp. 260-63.)
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), p. 389.