From the VANG Files: TAG Waller and FDR – Selecting the new Chief of the NGB

Posted By VNGHF Writer

Posted July 2, 2023

The VANG is very lucky that a number of years ago someone had the foresight to pack away and save all of the paper State Headquarters documents from the 1920s to the early 1960s.

For this update, we learn about the 1936 selection of the new Chief of the National Guard Bureau and the 1939 football games to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of VMI.

First up: FDR’s policy was to change the Chief NGB every four years with no repeats. As a sign of Waller’s political clout, he was contacted by the proponents for COL McNeese (Louisiana NG) including COL McNeese himself:

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