The George C. Marshall Papers


MARSHALL was not only involved with training the division for duty, but in late July and early August he was also given the job of locating billeting and training facilities for the next three American divisions—the Twenty-sixth, Forty-second, and Second—scheduled to arrive before the end of 1917. "I had to figure out what was required in the way of mess halls and bunkhouses and headquarters and hospital buildings and everything of that sort. Nobody advised me. Tthey didn't have time. They just told me to do it. One of my old friends, a student officer from Leavenworth, [Colonel] John [McAuley] Palmer, who was one of the fine intellectuals of the army, was G-3 [at General Headquarters] at that time and he just sent me a telegram that they could give me no advice—just go ahead and do what I thought was wise. So I had a pretty large order for a young officer there, and I proceeded to undertake it in as large a way as I could. The only trouble was I got everything fixed up for these four [three] divisions and I didn't realize that nobody fixed up anything for the First Division. So my own division was behind all the others in getting the necessary things." (Marshall Interviews, pp. 193-94. For Marshall's detailed description of his activities and his problems with French officials, see Memoirs, pp. 23–25.) [star ]