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To Brigadier General Harvey C. Allen1
May 13, 1941 [Washington, D.C.]
This is an informal note to tell you that I have had various reports about the conditions in your nearby town as relates to the soldiers. I am told that the local Government is not above reproach; also that you get little cooperation from them, to the hazard of the young men of your command.
Please write me informally and directly and tell me what the situation is, and if you have any suggestions as to how I might help, include them.
P.S. Is your Morale officer involved in other duties?2
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. Allen was the commanding general of the Antiaircraft Training Center at Camp Hulen, Texas.
2. Although his morale officer was working full time at his duties, Allen noted in a lengthy response, the small town of Palacios did not have the facilities to handle his eleven thousand-man command. He suggested that the War Department support the construction of recreational facilities in the town and provide him with funds for construction on the base. (Allen to Marshall, May 19, 1941, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, General].)
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. 499-500.