The George C. Marshall Papers


George C. Marshall First Division War Diary Entry

Weather rainy. Health good. Supplies good, but hard to obtain owing to muddy roads and few trucks.
1. The Third Division of the Convoy, consisting of the transports Mallory, Finland and San Jacinto, arrived in the harbor during the morning after an uneventful voyage. The troops aboard were directed to follow the same procedure as those in the First Division of the Convoy.
2. A portion of the troops in the second division of the convoy disembarked during the morning and proceeded to their camps. Two companies of the 28th Infantry, and two battalions of the 26th Infantry remained aboard owing to difficulties encountered in moving their wood and rations to camp. The mud caused the few trucks available to stall. The two battalions of Marines remained aboard the Henderson as there were no cantonments or tents available.
3. The Commanding General, U. S. Expeditionary Forces arrived in St. Nazaire in the morning and made a close personal examination of the camps.
4. Orders were issued for the instruction and training of the troops . . . and concerning relations with the French people. . . .
G. C. M.
NA/RG 120 (GHQ, War Diaries)