The George C. Marshall Papers

George C. Marshall to The Adjutant General

Request for assignment to foreign service.
1. In view of the fact that I am now within a very few numbers of the top of the foreign service roster, I request foreign service as soon as possible, in the following order of preference:
2. Alaska.
3. China.
4. Panama.
5. Philippines.
2, While I understand, unofficially, that there is a ruling that officers who are near the top of the foreign service roster, will only be assigned to Philippine regiments, I request consideration of the following statement of the unusual conditions in my case which makes it of the greatest importance to me to avoid service in the Philippines during the next five years—My wife is suffering from a very serious organic lesion of the heart. She has been forbidden by all the specialists she has consulted, to attempt to live in the climate of the Philippines. She could go to Alaska, Hawaii, China or Panama (the last named place because it is but a short trip from the U.S.)
I have been separated from my wife during one Philippine tour, and I am naturally very anxious to avoid another, for three years, in the immediate future.
3. In case the foregoing application is granted, I request that I be ordered to my new station via Fort Snelling in order to pack up my household goods for shipment or storage.
4. This letter has been read and approved by my regimental commander, and, in view of its personal nature, I received his permission to forward it direct.
G. C. Marshall, Jr.
[1st Indorsement: Major Francis J. Koester, Adjutant General, April 15, 1913.]
1. Under the rules established by the Secretary of War governing details to foreign service, requests for such service, except in the Philippine Islands, cannot be considered.
2. When Lieutenant Marshall reaches the head of the roster, he must be sent to duty wherever the first vacancy occurs,—whether the Philippines, Hawaii or Panama.
[2nd Indorsement: Marshall to TAG, May 5, 1913; H.]
1. Returned, requesting that the within letter be considered as an application for immediate service in the Philippine Islands, which was the intent of the letter in case other foreign service could not be considered.
2. Assignment to the 15th Infantry is preferred. . . .
G. C. Marshall, Jr.
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