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To Major General Frederic H. Smith
November 7, 1940 [Washington, D.C.]
I am sending you directly the attached letter, which came to me with a tough steak. The latter had reached a point where it had to be disposed of. Do not trouble to answer this letter, but I pass it on to you as a possible hint toward a poorly run mess, for which I find few excuses.
As you will see, it is not anonymous, and I am putting this man Gardner rather out on a limb by passing it on to you. However, there may be something in it, so do not kill him until you have looked into it.1
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, General Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. The “tough steak” letter from Gardner, who was probably an enlisted man in the coast Artillery corps, was not returned to General Marshall. For another comment by the chief of staff on army cooking, see his letter to Miss Prudence Penny, February 24, 1941, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #2-376 [2: 428-29]. Another example of his handling of enlisted men’s complaints is his letter to Private Frank W. Clay, April 7, 1941, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #2-416 [2: 467-68].
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. 347.