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To Major General Roy D. Keehn1
February 2, 1942 [Washington, D.C.]
I have just read your letter of January 30th about the visit to Washington you plan for Thursday or Friday next, in regard to priorities affecting the construction of armories.
As you probably realize, I have had to detach myself almost entirely from all details. As a matter of fact it has been practically impossible for me to see any but a few of my principal senior staff officers for the past several weeks. Under the circumstances, I am sorry that I won’t be able to lend my help to you in this particular matter. However, as you intimate, I do not think you are going to have any particular trouble in finding your way around. Almost all priorities are outside of the War Department and constitute a battleground for us, as everyone is short of this or that, and it is a constant matter of struggle to obtain as quickly as possible items particularly needed.
I appreciate your invitation for lunch, but I very much doubt whether I will be able to accept. If you will advise the office at the time, Br. 2077, and give me another chance to say yes, I will appreciate it. However, my lunches, when I get any at the present time, have generally been conferences with the British, the Dutch, the Australians, or some of my own people.
With warm regards,
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. Keehn had been commanding general of the Thirty-third Division (Illinois National Guard) between 1927 and 1941.
Recommended Citation: ThePapers 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. 3, “The Right Man for the Job,” December 7, 1941-May 31, 1943 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991), pp. 95-96.