To Major General Fox Conner
January 7, 1938 Vancouver Barracks, Washington
I have just received your note and am very much interested to learn something at least semi-official regarding the Board which was referred to in the “New York Times.” Up to the receipt of your note that was the only intimation of what was planned,1 and a friend of mine in the War Department had written me that the G-3 Section thought there was nothing to it, as they had never heard anything regarding such a plan.
This business recalls vividly to my mind the struggle you and I made to get a small division in 1920. If poor old Tommy Heintzelman and Campbell King had not been quite such kindly characters we might have put over the smaller division at that time and avoided the prospect of a radical change eighteen years later.
I understand you saw the experimental division, and I read a newspaper statement quoting you on the subject. If you have any papers which you think it would be advisable for me to familiarize myself with in advance of arrival in Washington, or if there is any reading to which you could refer me to, I would appreciate your assistance.
With affectionate regards to Mrs. Conner and yourself, and continued pleasant memories of those October days at Brandreth Lake,
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Vancouver Barracks, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. Conner had written: “I take it from the note on your Christmas card that you have heard rumors of the board which Craig proposes to convene in Washington. According to what he told me when I was in Washington in December, you, Lesley McNair, and I are to meet as a Board to make recommendations on the final organization of the new division. Craig expects, I believe, to have the Board meet sometime in February." (Conner to Marshall, January 3, 1938, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Vancouver Barracks])
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), p. 576.