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To David W. Hazen
February 2, 1940 [Washington, D.C.]
I have just this moment read your note of January 31st, with its picture of spring weather and temptations to take the field in Oregon.1
I was out on the Coast but a portion of three days, after a straight flight from Washington to Sacramento. I went to the plane here directly from the Military Committee, and continued around the circuit of inspections along the Southern frontier in time to be back here for another hearing six days later. While I saw practically all the troops, it was at horse race speed.
The joint maneuver with the Navy in California was a remarkable exercise and productive of a tremendous amount of valuable training, especially for the Air Corps of the two services—almost 500 planes involved; for the transport service and the joint staffs of the Army and Navy. Of course the 3d Division got a great experience out of going to sea in business like fashion and making their landing; the anti-aircraft and National Guard in California, the Coast Defense people, also of the National Guard, and the Aircraft warning service, which included civilian agencies as well as military, made the whole affair productive of a great deal of valuable experience.2
I have been tremendously busy keeping abreast of the rapid changes in the War Department and appearing before Committees; spent six hours before the Military Committee last Wednesday. I am off to Panama in a Flying Fortress Sunday morning, to do that in a hurry and also Puerto Rico, and I only have six days for the trip.
With warm regards,
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. A correspondent for the Portland Oregonian, Hazen tempted Marshall with the image of a pleasant horseback ride along some woodland path. “Since last Saturday it has been like spring; a few days before there was a touch of snow, but not enough to take the green out of the grass.” (Hazen to Marshall, January 31, 1940, GCMRL/G.C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, General].)
2. Hazen informed Marshall that the West Coast maneuvers had awakened Oregonians to the fact of war, and the international situation then became a constant point of discussion. (Ibid.)
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. 154-155.