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To Major Marvin E. Gilmore
June 4, 1942 [Washington, D.C.]
Just read your letter of May 3rd [31st] with the report on your present activities. I am very glad to learn that you have landed in such an interesting and responsible job, and evidently have handled it efficiently.1
I recall very well our “dry runs” at Vancouver preparatory to the presentation of the CCC Staff for the officers of the 7th Infantry. I also recall what an excellent job you men made of it and the tremendous impression you made on the Regular officers at the Post. As a matter of fact, expeditious and efficient methods of instruction are a major requirement of the present emergency. If an officer merely knows and is without the ability to impart his information, to register it on the minds of others, his value to the Government is strictly limited at the present time.
Thank you for writing.
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. Gilmore, a Reserve officer and instructor at the Infantry School, had been a member of Marshall’s C.C.C. staff at Vancouver Barracks. Having initially come to Fort Benning as a student, Gilmore eventually assumed the role of a full-time instructor, and he wrote to thank Marshall for his guidance while at Vancouver Barracks. “In my case, one of your trials was the task of converting me over-night into a public speaker, so that I could stand for an hour before the officers of the 7th Infantry. That was my first platform appearance, made possible only by your generous assistance and patient coaching. Today, I am considered to be a `veteran’ among the Infantry School instructors, after eight months of service in that capacity. Had I lacked that preliminary experience under your guidance at Vancouver, I could never have made the grade here.” (Gilmore to Marshall, May 31, 1942, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, General].)
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. 222-223.