1-309 To Major General Edgar T. Collins, September 30, 1932

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: September 30, 1932

To Major General Edgar T. Collins1

September 30, 1932 [Fort Screven, Georgia]

Dear General:

Attached is a letter from one of the most able officers I know— regardless of rank.2 I rated him “Superior” seven years ago when he was my regimental adjutant, of a crack outfit in China. He is now as old as I was when I was Chief of Staff of an Army Corps.

Recalling the futile efforts you and I together made to give the highly efficient over-slaughed lieutenants a place in the sun,3 and as this is one of the most glaring cases of the tragic injustice of the present arithmetical policy governing the professional improvement careers of officers who entered the army during the war, I am sending you these papers.

I know General W. D. Connor was strongly and actively in favor of giving efficient older officers of junior rank a chance in the school system, and that you felt the same way; and considering your respective positions today, surely something can be done to crack the ice short of Mr. Hoover taking a hand.

Faithfully yours,

Document Copy Text Source: Research File, Fort Screven Folder, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.

Document Format: Typed letter.

1. Collins was commandant at Fort Benning between March 9, 1926, and May 1, 1929. He subsequently held commands in the Philippine Islands and Washington, D.C. At the time of this letter he was assistant chief of staff for Operations and Training at the War Department.

2. The attachment is printed above (Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #1-308 [1: 379-80]).

3. On this issue, see Marshall’s Memorandum for the Commandant, January 9, 1928, above (Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #1-262 [1: 324-26]).

Recommended Citation: The Papers 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. 1, “The Soldierly Spirit,” December 1880-June 1939 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1981), pp. 380-381.

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