2-105 To Major General Charles H. Martin, January 16, 1940

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

To Major General Charles H. Martin

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

Dear Governor:

I have just received your note of January 11th, thanking me for my small contribution to the occasion of your confirmation as “First Citizen” of Oregon. I appreciate your writing, and am sorry that I could not have been present to have personally said what I felt.1

I am appearing before a Committee of Congress in about half an hour, and expect to leave there, if they will let me get away, direct for Bolling Field to fly to Sacramento in order to check up on the Joint Maneuvers just starting on the West Coast. Incidentally, I have managed a degree of cooperation on the water, in the air, and on the ground with the Navy in this matter that is without previous precedent, and I believe it paves the way to a much better understanding in the future. It has all come about very smoothly. Admiral Stark is a splendid fellow.

I will probably only be in California two days, one at Sacramento and the other at the landing point, wherever that is to be. Then I must hustle from there to review the Cavalry Division, which I have not seen and which is concentrated at El Paso and due to break up for the time being to be re-united for the big maneuvers in April, and also to see the Second Division which is in the field south of San Antonio, and the Mechanized force near Knox. Then I have to be back here just a week from today, so there is not much time left over.2

With affectionate regards to you both,

Faithfully yours,

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. Martin had been governor of Oregon from 1935 to 1939.

2. That same morning, Marshall also wrote to Kenyon A. Joyce and Adna R. Chaffee. To Major General Joyce, commanding officer of the First Cavalry Division, Fort Bliss, Texas, Marshall wrote that his “stay there will have to be very short, possibly not more than three or four hours, so I ask you to omit honors, and just let me see what you are doing and give me an opportunity to talk to you and your principal people. . . . Please use your best tact to save me from time-killing functions which would keep me from finding out what I want to learn in the way of business.” (Marshall to Joyce, January 16, 1940, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, Selected].)

To Brigadier General Chaffee, commanding general of the Seventh Cavalry Brigade (Mechanized), Fort Knox, Kentucky, the chief of staff noted that after his inspection of the Second Division, “if I am not pulled from Washington, and the weather is favorable I may fly in to see your people.” He also cautioned Chaffee to minimize formalities. (Marshall to Chaffee, January 16, 1940, ibid.) Marshall did not visit Fort Knox; see Marshall to Chaffee, January 25, 1940, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #2-111 [2: 146].

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. 141.

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