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To Colonel Ralph R. Glass
July 7, 1938 [Washington, D.C.]
I just arrived here yesterday and have been getting oriented this morning, but I want to tip you off immediately to the fact—at least I think it is a fact—that I have gotten you a double barrack (250 men) and a few sets of officers’ quarters. I happened in on the fellow who was making adjustments for further expenditure of these funds and found that they were encountering considerable confusion in deciding from the present records here just what the conditions were at each post as to accommodations. I gave him immediately the facts on Vancouver Barracks, and took the liberty of telling him that the 15 sets of N.C.O. quarters would meet our present necessities and the remaining 15 should be put, I thought, at the bottom of the priority. I urged for two double sets of barracks, but found the War Department had only approved of one of these recommended by me. So I pressed for that as an immediate proposition, along with about $10,000 for a warehouse and as many of the sets of officers’ quarters, up to the five approved, as he could manage. He thought all of this could be managed.
Please treat this as confidential, so far as Corps Area is concerned, as I am speaking out of turn, as it were.
We had a very pleasant and uneventful trip. It was 106 in Omaha, but the train was air-cooled. Washington is quite hot, but they tell me it’s a cool day.
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, General Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
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. 612.