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To Colonel E. R. Warner McCabe1
July 21, 1941 [Washington, D.C.]
Your P.M.S. & T. Colonel Tuttle, came in to see me the other day,—he is an old friend of China and Benning days—and incidentally made a comment to the effect that he was changing station as he was being squeezed out or ousted from his present job by my Aide, Colonel Adams.2
I told him this was not the fact. However, I would like you to make clear to him that the selection of Adams for your job had no relation to Colonel Tuttle’s relief. I try too hard to be completely impersonal in the business of being purely objective for the efficiency of the Army to have such rumors or ideas as this broadcast.3
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. Assistant chief of staff, G-2, between July 1937 and February 1940, McCabe had retired from the army effective July 31, 1940. “You were always to me a breath of spring in the air, the saving grace in this bureaucracy,” the chief of staff wrote following McCabe’s departure from Washington. (Marshall to McCabe, March 18, 1940, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, General].) Later that year Marshall recommended McCabe for the post of superintendent of Staunton Military Academy in Staunton, Virginia, which position he assumed in early 1941. (Marshall to the Governing Board, Staunton Military Academy, November 29, 1940, ibid.)
2. Lieutenant Colonel William B. Tuttle—who had been with Marshall in the Fifteenth Infantry in Tientsin, China, and then a student under him at the Infantry School at Fort Benning, Georgia—had been at the Staunton Military Academy since August 1938. He had recently been reassigned to duty at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Concerning Lieutenant Colonel Claude M. Adams’s R.O.T.C. assignment, see note 1, Marshall to Adams, May 14, 1941, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #2-451 [2: 502-3].
3. McCabe replied that he had “made it very clear” to Tuttle that Adams’s selection had not caused his relief. He assured Marshall that, as far as he knew, there had not been any rumor of favoritism regarding Adams’s assignment. (McCabe to Marshall, July 22, 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. 572-573.