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(No. 190]

FOR THE RELIEF OF WILLIAM R. JARRETT (H. R. 6369). MR.

RODGERS

NAVY DEPARTMENT,

Washington, February 5, 1942. The CHAIRMAN, COMMITTEE ON NAVAL AFFAIRS,

House of Representatives, Washington, D. C. My Dear MR. CHAIRMAN: The bill (H. R. 6369) for the relief of William R. Jarrett, was referred to the Navy Department by your committee with request for report and recommendation.

The purpose of this bill is to provide that William R. Jarrett shall be considered as having been honorably discharged from the naval service of the United States on March 11, 1929.

The records of the Navy Department show that William R. Jarrett was born on December 17, 1893, and first enlisted in the Navy on December 10, 1912, from which enlistment he was honorably discharged on December 9, 1916. He reenlisted on March 20, 1917, extended his enlistment and was honorably discharged on June 22, 1923. He reenlisted on June 23, 1923, and was issued a good discharge under honorable conditions on June 22, 1927.

Jarrett reenlisted on June 29, 1927, and his record for this period of service shows one conviction by summary court martial for striking a petty officer while in the performance of his duty, without justifiable cause.

Jarrett was absent over liberty from the U. S. S. Nevada beginning 7:30 a. m., January 31, 1929, due to his arrest by the civil authorities of Norfolk, Va., on a charge of sodomy. He was convicted by the civil authorities on that charge and was sentenced to be confined for a period of 1 year. The facts were reported to the Navy Department and on March 11, 1929, Jarrett was issued an undesirable discharge because of conviction by the civil authorities.

This bill, if enacted into law, would result in no cost to the Navy; however, it is probable that a charge under the Veterans' Administration would be involved now or in the future.

The Navy Department recommends against enactment of the bill H. R. 6369. Sincerely yours,

FORRESTAL, Acting. (2291)

66266-42-No. 190

[No. 191] TO AMEND THE ACT APPROVED JUNE 28, 1940, ENTITLED "AN ACT TO EXPEDITE THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES," AS AMENDED, IN ORDER TO MAKE MORE EFFECTUAL THE POWER TO ESTABLISH PRIORITIES AND TO ALLOCATE MATERIAL (H. R. 6232). MR. BRADLEY OF MICHIGAN

NAVY DEPARTMENT,

Washington, February 9, 1942. The CHAIRMAN, COMMITTEE ON NAVAL AFFAIRS,

House of Representatives, Washington, D. C. MY DEAR MR. CHAIRMAN: The bill (H. R. 6232) to amend the act approved June 28, 1940, entitled "An act to expedite the national defense, and for other purposes," as amended, in order to make more effectual the power to establish priorities and to allocate material, was referred to the Navy Department by your committee with request for report thereon. The purpose of the bill H. R. 6232 is as stated in its title.

The bill H. R. 6232 would strengthen the existing law with respect to priorities and allocations by providing penalties for violations of priority and allocation orders, rules, and regulations, and by making civil injunctive process available to prevent such violations.

The Navy Department recommends enactment of the bill H. R. 6232.

Attention is invited to the fact that the bill S. 2208, the second war-powers bill, contains provisions similar to those embodied in the bill H. R. 6232. The Navy Department notes that the bill S. 2208 has been passed by the Senate and is now being considered by the Judiciary Committee of the House of Representatives. Sincerely yours,

FORRESTAL, Acting. (2293)

66266-42-No. 191

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