George C. Marshall on Army Policy of Awards Not a Basis for Promotion in Rank
Typed Letter Signed, “GC Marshall”, as Chief of Staff, on War Department letterhead, Washington, April 20, 1940, 1 p., 7” x 9”, with original transmittal envelope. Horizontal mailing fold, staple holes at top, creasing and toning, else Very Good.
General Marshall writes to Mrs. Russell C. Landon in Yorktown, VA, in part, “I have read your letter very carefully and had previously read the bill which Colonel Langdon sent down to me when he was here in Washington. I am well aware of the number of deserving men who failed to receive the promotion which their services merited, and particularly the large group distinguished in the World War.
Actually, I did not see the report on the bill, but I find that for many years the War Department has found it necessary to be on record as opposing the principle of considering awards for distinguished service in bravery as a basis for determining rank. You may not realize it, but there has been a flood of bills including this factor, and involving all grades from that of private up to colonel, and carrying back, I believe to the Indian Wars.”
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