The George C. Marshall Papers


George C. Marshall First Division War Diary Entry

Weather fair. Health good.
1. Anchors were hoisted after daylight and the ships steamed up the Loire to St. Nazaire, the Tenadores docking at 9 A.M. U.S. Army and Navy officers, from the Port of Debarkation established at St. Nazaire, and French Army officers boarded the Tenadores before she docked.
2. Unloading of freight was started immediately, the Division Commander and Staff Officers inspected the camp sites and the troops were taken ashore for exercise marches.
3. All troops remained on the transports on this night. Orders were issued providing for censorship of the mail, . . . and for the disembarkation of the command at 8.15 A.M. on June 27th. . . . The camps were not ready on this date.
4. The first convoy consisted of the transports Tenadores, Pastores, Havana and Saratoga.
5. The naval converted cruiser DeKalb carried one battalion of Marines. It appears that the Officer in charge of the Port of Debarkation had no information regarding the regiment of Marines attached to this Division until our arrival June 26th.
G. C. M.
NA/RG 120 (GHQ, War Diaries)