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To Major Mark W. Clark
February 16, 1940 [Washington, D.C.]
My dear Clark:
When I returned from the Pacific Coast I directed your detail as instructor at the War College. G-1 informed me however that you have had only three months of actual duty with troops since 1920 and in view of this fact I withdrew my instructions concerning your War College assignment, because I thought it would be harmful to your career.
If you still feel that you want to go ahead with it I will reopen the matter. However, I would like you to tell me where you would like troop duty, and I will try to arrange exactly that.1
Document Copy Text Source: Records of the War Department General and Special Staffs (RG 165), Office of the Chief of Staff (OCS), 14625-193, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. Clark had spent most of his time in the 1920s and 1930s in school—he was a graduate of the Infantry School (1925), the Command and General Staff School (1935), and the Army War College (1937)—or as an instructor or in staff positions. Since June 1937 he had been the Third Division plans and training officer (G-3) at Fort Lewis, Washington, and had planned and helped to direct the division’s participation in the joint army-navy maneuvers in January 1940. He had requested assignment as an instructor at the Army War College. In March 1940, Marshall arranged this assignment for him. Clark reported to the War College in July 1940, but since it had closed, he joined the staff of the newly activated General Headquarters. (See Mark W. Clark, Calculated Risk [New York: Harper and Brothers, 1950], pp. 9-11.)
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. 160.