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To Major General Edward Martin
October 9, 1941 [Washington, D.C.]
I have about made up my mind that General Garesche Ord will probably be the best choice to succeed you in command of the 28th Division. He has had a valuable experience and has made a fine record with the 1st Division and, as I recall, you esteem him highly and he knows your people.1 I have the following to suggest for your consideration:
How would it be for you to initiate the proposal that Ord should succeed you, and that he be attached to the Division about November 1st to accompany you through the maneuvers pending your transfer to other duties the latter part of the month. Possibly this procedure may not appeal to you, but I thought it might save you embarrassment if the proposal and publicity start with you at your headquarters.2
If this course appeals to you, I will confidentially arrange that your proposal meets the proper response from General Fredendall and General Drum.3
Will you please write to me directly and frankly.
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. At this time Brigadier General J. Garesche Ord (U.S.M.A., 1909) was assistant division commander of the First Division. Between July and September 1940 he had served as senior instructor of the Pennsylvania National Guard (Twenty-eighth Division).
2. Martin’s division had been called into federal service on February 17, 1941. In his reply to Marshall, he wrote: “I had hoped that I might complete my year in the Army as Commander of the 28th Division. . . . From the standpoint of defense, if a member of this Division could be placed in command it would have a most favorable reaction as far as the National Guard is concerned.” (Martin to Marshall, October 15, 1941, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, Selected].) Ord took command of the division on February 17, 1942.
3. The Twenty-eighth, Twenty-ninth, and Forty-fourth divisions constituted Major General Lloyd R. Fredendall’s Second Army Corps, which was itself a part of Lieutenant General Hugh A. Drum’s First Army.
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. 634-635.