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To Lieutenant General Stanley D. Embick
October 9, 1939 [Washington, D.C.]
My dear General Embick:
I had with me in Chicago a staff sergeant, now a technical sergeant, named Frank S. Singer, on duty with the National Guard. He was my Adjutant for a year and a half, taking the place of a major at that time. He is not only a fine soldier technically—he is very high up on all infantry weapons—but in a staff capacity I used him for calculations, estimates, correspondence, and a wide variety of matters not customarily placed in the hands of an enlisted man. Furthermore, he was associated with me in the field in Army Maneuvers, where I was a commander, and understands this part of the Army.
Sergeant Singer is now at Benning taking special courses. He would like to remain there if possible. He was there once as a sergeant instructor in the school, but left to go to Clemson on the persuasion of the P.M.S.&T. at that place. Later he transferred to Chicago on account of his mother’s health, and was caught in the doldrums of promotion with the National Guard. Singer has about 20-odd years of service.
I am writing to you because I understand that they are organizing the Fourth Corps Headquarters Detachment at Fort Benning, which means several vacancies for chief clerks. I commend Singer to the officer in charge of his organization, and hope he will give him a hearing.1
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. Embick, commanding general of the Fourth Corps Area and the Third Army, replied that Singer’s assignment would be arranged. (Embick to Marshall, October 11, 1939, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, Selected].) The chief of staff sent a copy of Embick’s letter to Singer with the comment: “Now it is up to you to be the best man in your particular job in the United States Army, regardless of mishaps, irritations, and other little things which sometimes wreck the ship. This is your opportunity and I know you will seize it.” (Marshall to Singer, October 16, 1939, ibid.) Singer completed his course at the Infantry School and reported to Fourth Corps Headquarters at Fort Benning as a master sergeant on January 1, 1940. (Singer to Marshall, January 6, 1940, ibid.) On August 1, 1940, Marshall wrote to Colonel Iverson B. Summers at the Infantry School: “Thank you for sending me the copy of the commendation of Sergeant Singer. I am glad to know that he has made such a favorable impression, though I felt pretty certain of it. However, it is a relief when you put a man up to have him make good in such a generous measure.” (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. 77-78.