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To Colonel Henry R. Richmond1
December 3, 1938 [Washington, D.C.]
I am writing you informally and direct to get the benefit of your opinion regarding ROTC affairs. I wish you would glance through an article in the last issue, the November-December number, of the Infantry Journal, written apparently by a member of the College Faculty who is also a Captain in the Reserve Corps.
I had in mind writing you some time back, but I now add this reference because the author of the article has quite a bit to say on the subject. I am intensely interested in the sound development of the ROTC and the practical improvement of the Reserve Corps. We have lots of studies available here, but frankly I am interested in the informal opinion of men on the ground like yourself. So I would appreciate the frankness of your reply and I will treat all of it as confidential, just as I will ask you to treat this direct approach to you as confidential.2
It is a long time since I have seen you, and therefore a long time since I have heard one of your gorgeous stories. I wish we could get together again, and if you ever come near Washington please let me know in advance.
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. Richmond was the Civilian Components Affairs officer at Fourth Corps Area headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia.
2. Marshall sent similar letters to Colonel Hill (Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #1-530 [1: 656]), to the officer in charge of R.O.T.C. in the Ninth Corps Area, and to the professor of military science and tactics at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. The four officers responded quickly and at considerable length. Richmond, the respondent most critical of the essay, thought Blewett was overly critical and impatient. In general, all four men agreed that the War Department was neglecting the R.O.T.C. program, that the corps area Civilian Components Affairs officers were frequently not interested in it, and that something had to be done soon to improve it. None wanted anything resembling the proposed overseeing of R.O.T.C. affairs by a board of Reserve officers in the War Department. Marshall marked these responses “confidential” and sent them to the executive for Reserve Affairs.
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), pp. 656-657.