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To Major Neil S. Edmond1
November 7, 1935 [Chicago, Illinois]
Dear Captain Edmond:
I read your letter of November 6th with considerable interest, and glad to note what you are doing.
I will look into the question regarding more trucks for the Service Company in Decatur.2 Incidentally, you speak of their specializing in motor transport training as much as the gasoline will permit. The greater part of the training does not require the expenditure of gasoline; the officers must be theoretically up on all convoy procedure, as well as securing and issuing rations in the field; the noncommissioned officers must understand all the principles in connection with convoys and maintenance, must be trained in special map reading, to follow routes at night, etc., each one of these companies must be able to function perfectly under campaign conditions next summer, otherwise a lot of the men are going hungry, and this means a great deal of theoretical training.
There is something I would like you to do. While I was in Decatur I looked about the city to find the best open ground to stage a brigade problem, including artillery, etc.—as a matter of fact, it would have to be a Division set-up involving employment of the down-state brigade. I found what seemed to be suitable ground along Lake Decatur. What I want is favorable country close to the city, of which there is a geological or other map showing topography. On this I propose to lay out a problem to be solved by the 65th Brigade Headquarters, and, in turn, based on their solutions, by the 129th and 130th field officers. We will bring artillery into this, possibly engineers and certainly air service. After the work is gotten down to include the regimental commanders and staffs, and the brigade headquarters has received the orders of the artillery regiment supporting them, I hope to arrange for a concentration of the down-state field officers, and plans and training officers at Decatur. If they reach there with two hours left of daylight, it will be possible to go over the actual ground, then return to the armory and make such alterations in their theoretical solution as the ground seems to indicate. After dinner we would go into the critique and some special talks by artillery and air officers.
Do not advertise this proposition, because I do not wish to have it talked about until I have Colonel Culbertson’s assent,3 and I do not wish to take it up with him until I have the problem, and I do not wish to send out the problem until I have the air service take photographs, etc. After you have located the ground that seems best to you, please make a draft of the situation to meet the above.
Am glad you like Decatur.
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Illinois National Guard, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. Edmond, graduate of the Infantry School’s Company Officers’ Course in 1922 and the Advanced Course in 1930, had been promoted to major on August 1, 1935. He was stationed at Peoria as senior instructor for the 130th Infantry.
2. Major Edmond was on an inspection tour and reported that the Service Company in Decatur requested three more trucks. (Edmond to Marshall, November 6, 1935, GCMRL/ G. C. Marshall Papers [Illinois National Guard].)
3. Colonel Albert L. Culbertson commanded the 130th Infantry headquarters at Delavan, Illinois.
Recommended Citation: The Papers 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. 1, “The Soldierly Spirit,” December 1880-June 1939 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1981), pp. 477-478.