2-125 To Lieutenant Colonel Francis A. Byrne, February 16, 1940

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: February 16, 1940

To Lieutenant Colonel Francis A. Byrne1

February 16, 1940 [Washington, D.C.]

My dear Colonel Byrne:

I am enclosing a letter from Captain Storck regarding Sergeant Morossow, at Screven, which is largely self-explanatory.

Morossow was with me in China, and later was my provost sergeant at Screven, the job he has been continued in for a good many years. Of course I know nothing of his service since I left Screven in 1933, but at that time he was the most efficient provost sergeant I had ever seen in the Army, and I think it was merely a case of doing efficiently whatever he was charged with. The handling of almost all the fatigue work at Screven and even construction by the prisoners, was the outstanding example in my Army experience of how this business should be carried out in garrison. The troops were spared practically every distraction from their purely military business; the prisoners were worked harder than any I have ever seen, and yet Screven was a popular point for deserters to turn in. I recall that when we had 35 prisoners at Screven, there was only one at Moultrie; but I would not say that this should be taken as an indication of relative efficiency to the disadvantage of Screven, as I commanded Moultrie after leaving Screven.

I am completely unfamiliar with the present situation as to promotions in the 8th Infantry and as to Morrosow’s work since I left the regiment, but I submit this commendation of his past services.2

Faithfully yours,

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. Byrne had commanded the Eighth Infantry at Fort Moultrie, South Carolina, until November 27, 1939.

2. Captain Louis J. Storck (U.S.M.A., 1923), who had served at Fort Screven, Georgia, with Marshall in 1933, had written on February 12 seeking the chief of staff’s help in promoting and finding a suitable post for First Sergeant Joseph Morossow, who was approaching retirement and therefore was prevented by regulations from being promoted to master sergeant. Marshall sent Storck a copy of his letter to Byrne with the admonition that he not tell Morossow of his intervention. Byrne replied on February 19 that “every effort will be made to take care of this deserving soldier.” On April 9, 1941, Morossow wrote to Marshall that he was retiring on April 28 and asked if he could be placed in a civilian job at Fort Screven. Marshall arranged this. (All correspondence on this subject is in 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. 159-160.

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