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To Lieutenant General Stanley D. Embick
Memorandum for the Adjutant General
May 7, 1940 Telegram Washington, D.C.
Please send the following telegram in CODE to the Headquarters, Third Army, Camp Beauregard, Louisiana:
“Confidential: Associated Press dispatches notably of May fourth from New Orleans refer to Army Maneuvers from May eleventh to May twenty-fifth as costing twenty-eight million. This particular phase of the maneuvers probably cost about two million. Such publicity is very harmful to the processing of Army appropriations before Congress. Please see that future releases avoid such unfortunate misstatements. ADAMS.”1
G. C. M.
Document Copy Text Source: Records of the War Department General and Special Staffs (RG 165), Records of the Office of the Chief of Staff (OCS), 14440-306, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland
Document Format: Typed memorandum signed.
1. Marshall wrote this memorandum for the signature of The Adjutant General Emory S. Adams. Embick replied that the spurious figure had originated in a February 7 Associated Press story quoting Senator John H. Overton of Louisiana. The only press release regarding maneuver costs issued from Third Army Headquarters estimated the total to be $1,888,950. (Embick to Adams, May 9, 1940, NA/ RG 165 [OCS, 14440-306].) On this same issue see Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #2-100 [2: 135-37].
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), p. 208.