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NATIONAL DEFENSE PROGRAM

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HEARINGS

BEFORE A

SPECIAL COMMITTEE INVESTIGATING THE

NATIONAL DEFENSE PROGRAM
UNITED STATES SENATE

12 SEVENTY-SEVENTH CONGRESS

FIRST SESSION

PURSUANT TO

S. Res. 71

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING AND DIRECTING
AN INVESTIGATION OF THE NATIONAL

DEFENSE PROGRAM

PART 9
NOVEMBER 17, 18, 26, 27, 28, DECEMBER 1 AND 2, 1941

ORDNANCE PLANT CONSTRUCTION
WOLF CREEK ORDNANCE PLANT AND MILAN ORDNANCE

DEPOT, MILAN, TENN.

Printed for the use of the Special Committee Investigating

the National Defense Program

UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE

WASHINGTON : 1942

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SPECIAL COMMITTEE INVESTIGATING THE NATIONAL

DEFENSE PROGRAM

HARRY S. TRUMAN, Missouri, Chairman TOM CONNALLY, Texas

JOSEPH H. BALL, Minnesota JAMES M. MEAD, New York

RALPH O. BREWSTER, Maine MON C. WALLGREN, Washington

*STYLES BRIDGES, New Ilampshire CARL A. HATCH, New Mexico *CLYDE L. HERRING, Iowa *HARLEY M. KILGORE, West Virginia

HUGH A. FULTON, Chief Counsel
CHARLES P. CLARK, Associate Chief Counsel

MARJORIE S. EBY, Secretary

LYDIA LEE, Editor

*Appointed to the committee on November 27, 1941.

lilia LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

JUNE 2

GOV'T POS'NS R. R.

CONTENTS

Testimony of

Page
Bouck, Anthony W., chief tool and equipment inspector, Quarter-
master Corps, War Department.--

3036-3052
Bruce, Lt. c. H., purchasing officer, Wolf Creek ordnance depot,
Quartermaster Corps, U. S. Army

2931-2938, 2986–2998
Cartwright, Mrs. J. M., Cartwright Construction Co.---

2963–2966
Ferguson, A. Kingsley, Ferguson Construction Co.

3133,
3135, 3140, 3144, 3147, 3152-3154, 3156, 3164, 3170–3171, 3174,
3178-3181, 3184-3187, 3201-3204, 3219-3227, 3233, 3242, 3246,

3250-3252, 3255–3260, 3266, 3269.
Ferguson, H. K., Ferguson Construction Co.

3124,
3133, 3140–3141, 3147–3150, 3168-3169, 3200, 3204, 3233, 3246-

3247, 3257, 3260-3271.
Glatt, Hugo, representative, Cement Finishers Union, Local 521,
American Federation of Labor, Memphis, Tenn..

2976–2985
Harrison, Philip W., transportation inspector, Quartermaster Corps,
War Department..

3009-3012, 3029-3034

Helzel, Leo B., formerly chief time inspector, Wolf Creek Ordnance

plant.--

3075–3091, 3214-3215

Hill, Maj. James P., War Department General Staff

2958, 2961

Hofto, Maj. Glen É., constructing quartermaster, Wolf Creek ord-

nance plant and Milan ordnance depot.-

3109–3131, 3202-3203

Horridge, Maj. J., commanding officer, Wolf Creek ordnance plant and

Milan ordnance depot---

2905-2920

Kibler, Capt. George N., Quartermaster Corps, Louisiana ordnance

plant, Minden, La..

2945-2958

Loring, Lev G., president, Memphis Trades and Labor Council, and
labor coordinator, Wolf Creek ordnance plant-

2931,

2938–2945, 2958-2959, 2976, 2985–2986
Manier, Will R., Jr., Manier & Crouch, counsel for Oman Construc-
tion Co. and H. V. Ferguson Co.----- 2936-2937, 2958, 2992–2993, 3021,

3053, 3126, 3133–3144, 3147-3200, 3205–3232, 3253, 3255, 3259

Martin, Oscar, Portland Cement Association --

3034-3035

McCarthy, J. F., supervising auditor of tools and equipment, Quarter-

master Corps, War Department..

2989, 3007-3009, 3012-3028

McKay, Douglas I., special assistant to the Chief, Construction Divi-

sion, Quartermaster Corps, War Department --

2959

2962, 2966–2976, 3044

MeKoin, J. L., assistant to the zone chief project auditor, Fourth Zone,
Atlanta Division, War Department.--

3100-3108
Newton, Tracy F., zone chief supervising officer, zone field auditors,
Atlanta Division, War Department.

3093-3099

Oman, George Greig, Superintendent, mechanical division, Ferguson-

Oman Coca-

2993-2994

Oman, John, Jr., Oman Construction Co...

3235, 3259, 3263

Oman, Stirton, president, Oman Construction Co.. 2992, 3074, 3133, 3137–

3138, 3144-3146, 3153-3154, 3180, 3224, 3232–3252, 3259, 3268, 3270

Pennington, Lt. Richard L., Ordnance Corps, United States Army -- 2921-

2931, 3006–3007
Pirtle, L. E., inspector, light equipment garage, Quartermaster Corps

3006, 3040

Richardson, Capt. R. L., Chief of Equipment Unit, Procurement and

Expediting, Office of the Quartermaster General, War Department.. 3144,

3148

Somervell, Brig. Gen. Brehon B., Chief, Construction Division, Office

of the Quartermaster General, War Department.

3055

2905

Tuesday, November 18, 1941.

2963

Wednesday, November 26, 1941.

3055

Thursday, November 27, 1941.

3093

Friday, November 28, 1941.

3133

Monday, December 1, 1941.

3191

Tuesday, December 2, 1941.

3231

Appendix.

3273

Affidavits.

3367

Index 1.

1 Name and company only, a consolidated subject matter index will appear in the final volume of these

hearings.

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SCHEDULE OF EXHIBITS

Number and summary of exhibits

Intro-
duced

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151. Statistical analysis of Wolf Creek ordnance plant and Milan

ordnance depot construction project.---
152. Affidavit of Joe Alessi, Jr., dated September 15, 1941, con-

cerning fees paid to Cement Finishers Local 521.
153. Affidavit of W. R. Dollard, dated August 14, 1941, concern-

ing fees paid to Cement Finishers Local 521.
154. Affidavit of Earl T. Daniels, dated September 17, 1941,

concerning fees paid to Cement Finishers Local 521.
155. Building trades agreement between unions and contractors.
156. Transcript of telephone conversation, September 25, 1941,

between Douglas I. McKay, special assistant to the chief,
Construction Division, Q. M. G., War Department and
Maj. Glen E. Hofto, constructing quartermaster, re in-

vestigation of labor charges.-
157. Minutes of meeting, September 24, 1941, between repre-

sentatives of labor unions and representatives of govern-

ment re labor fees charged by unions...

158. Analysis of repair charges in light equipment

garage.

159. Report, dated June 16, 1941, from L. E. Pirtle, inspector,

light equipment garage, to Anthony W. Bouck, Chief Tool
and Equipment Inspector, Quartermaster Corps, re con-

ditions in light equipment garage.
160. Report of J. F. McCarthy, supervising auditor of tools and

equipment, Quartermaster Corps, dated July 1941, show-

ing idle time on listed Equipment.--

161. Statistical reports and photographs of idle equipment.

162. Vendors' equipment report as of September 22, 1941.

163. Letter, dated October 10, 1941, from Taylor-Hale Machinery

Co. to Hugh A. Fulton, chief counsel, Truman Committee,
reporting on equipment rentals and sales to Ferguson-

Oman Co.--.

164. Recapitulation of valuation of operating equipment, Wolf

Creek ordnance plant...

165. Recapitulation of repairs to equipment of Oman Construc-

tion Co.--

166. Letter, dated September 4, 1941, from the Mills-Morris Co.

to construction quartermaster, re their offer to establish

and stock an organization for the purpose of filling emer-

gency orders for repair parts.--

167. Report of J. F. McCarthy, supervising auditor of tools and

equipment, Q. M. C., re overvaluation of Le Tourneau

tournapulls.-

168. Report of Philip W. Harrison, transportation inspector,

Q. M. C., recommending possible savings in transporta-

tion department.

169. Report of Philip W. Harrison, transportation inspector,

Q. M. C., concerning excessive expenditures for mainte-

nance and repairs on equipment.-

170. Memorandum, dated June 14, 1941, from Anthony W.

Bouck, chief tool and equipment inspector, Quarter-

master Corps, to T. D. Thomas, field auditor, requesting

a transfer from Wolf Creek project...

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