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To Major General Roy D. Keehn
June 25, 1942 [Washington, D.C.]
I have your letter of June 19th, extending your comments regarding the attitude of National Guard officers toward the current readjustments. I covered the matter pretty thoroughly in my letter of June 11th,1 but I will add one thought. The pace of modern war has increased greatly the burdens on leaders of all ranks. Highly efficient and energetic leadership is essential to success. No compromise is possible. Demonstrated ability to meet the responsibilities imposed is the sole criterion. I repeat again that our attitude toward regular officers in regimental and especially higher command has been far more drastic than with regard to the National Guard.
I appreciate your personal interest in me and your frank comments, but bear in mind that there are thousands of miles between the placidity of Camp Grant days and the conditions of Allegan maneuvers,2 and the harsh, ruthless conflict into which we have been entering.
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. See Marshall to Keehn, June 11, 1942, and note 2 for Keehn’s June 19 reply to the chief of staff, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #3-221 [3: 235-36].
2. Camp Grant—near Rockford, Illinois—was a National Guard training facility. The Second Army maneuvers of 1936 were held in the vicinity of Allegan, Michigan; see Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #1-409-#1-412 [1: 499-506].
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. 251-252.