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To Brigadier General Thomas E. Rilea
June 16, 1937 Vancouver Barracks, Washington
My dear General Rilea:
I received your note this morning and am inclosing the necessary application blanks and instructions for your boy to enter the CMTC.1
I am delighted that he and you have seen fit to enter into this thing this summer. I am particularly pleased because I found it necessary to make a special canvas in order to obtain a higher grade of boys than had been secured in the past. I think we are going to have a fine camp; at any rate, I am sure I have arranged a more interesting program than has been the custom in the past. The boys will be taken away from the post for about ten days and will be more or less in the field at the target range and maneuver ground, about 14 miles from here, which has been greatly improved in the past year. I think they will find this much more interesting than the humdrum program on the post.
I am looking forward with a great deal of interest to seeing you and General White at Fort Lewis. Please give him my warm regards.
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Vancouver Barracks, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. Rilea had requested an application for his son, Thomas, Jr., to attend the summer citizens Military Training camp.
Recommended Citation: The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, ed. Larry I. Bland and Sharon Ritenour Stevens (Lexington, Va.: The George C. Marshall Foundation, 1981- ). Electronic version based on The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, vol. 1, “The Soldierly Spirit,” December 1880-June 1939 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1981), p. 545.