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To J. Buell Snyder
June 29, 1942 [Washington, D.C.]
Dear Mr. Snyder:
The other day on the telephone when we were discussing your strong statement against inflicting experimental prohibition measures on the Army,1 I told you I would give you a commendatory reference to our troops made by Lord Mountbatten, Chief of Combined Operations, in a letter to me on his departure from the United States:2
“Of the many remarkable and inspiring sights I saw on the tour the one that made the greatest impression was the sight of the 77th Division marching by in review order like veterans. The fact that this state of efficiency can be reached in eight weeks has completely revolutionized my ideas of the future and I shall not fail to tell the Prime Minister and the Chiefs of Staff in England about this.”
I had in mind that if another effort develops to force some prohibition experiment, it should be met by the fact that we are developing a splendid army, in morale, in cleanliness, moral and physical, and in efficiency. The foregoing quotation tends to support this statement. Therefore, it is no time to inflict experiments on this great army that is being successfully developed.
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, Selected Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. In April and May there had been a renewal of the periodic pressure from groups who wished to have laws passed prohibiting the sale of alcoholic beverages on or in the vicinity of military bases. Two new bills were introduced on May 19, but like previous measures they were never reported out of the military committees of the Senate or the House of Representatives. For example, see Marshall’s comments of May 12, 1941, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #2-447 [2: 499]. The editors have not found Congressman Snyder’s statement.
2. For information about Mountbatten’s tour of southern posts, see Marshall Memorandum for Colonel Deane, June 5, 1942, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #3-215 [3: 225-26].
Recommended Citation: ThePapers 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. 3, “The Right Man for the Job,” December 7, 1941-May 31, 1943 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991), pp. 257-258.