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[No. 192]

TO AUTHORIZE THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY TO PROCEED WITH THE CONSTRUCTION OF CERTAIN PUBLIC WORKS, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES (H. R. 4321). MR. VINSON OF GEORGIA

NAVY DEPARTMENT, Washington, March 2, 1944.

. Hon. Sam RAYBURN,

Speaker of the House of Representatives. MY DEAR MR. SPEAKER: There is transmitted herewith a draft of a proposed bill to authorize the Secretary of the Navy to proceed with the construction of certain public works, and for other

purposes. The purpose of the proposed legislation is to authorize the appropriation of $1,500,000,000 for the establishment or development of naval shore activities in addition to those presently authorized, necessary to meet the requirements of the various bureaus and offices in support of the war effort. These projects have received the careful consideration of each individual bureau and the bureaus have certified that all of the work, requested is essential to the prosecution

of the war.

The funds for which authorization is sought will, in part, further extend existing facilities believed necessary by the Navy Department to keep pace with the vastly expanded operation program. The various items for which authorization is sought by this proposed legislation, and the approximate amounts that it is estimated will be expended, are as follows: (a) Fleet facilities.

$33, 351, 500 () Aviation facilities

182, 594, 000 (c) Storage facilities

72, 225, 000 (d) Marine Corps housing and training

20, 287, 000 (c) Ordnance facilities.

96, 668, 600 U) Personnel housing and training facilities.

37, 241, 700 (9) Hospital facilities

33, 636, 800 (h) Shore radio facilities

3, 246, 000 (i) Naval Research Laboratory

1, 273, 500 (1) Miscellaneous structures and facilities

19, 475, 900 (k) Advance base construction, material, and equipment 1, 000, 000, 000

Total...

1, 500, 000, 000 Provision is made in the proposed legislation for varying the approximate costs of the several classes of projects enumerated either upward or downward, but the total cost of the projects authorized is not to exceed $1,500,000,000.

The ultimate cost to the Government of the enactment of this proposed legislation, if the intended appropriations are subsequently made, will be $1,500,000,000.

The Navy Department recommends enactment of the proposed legislation.

The Navy Department has been advised by the Bureau of the
Budget that there would be no objection to the submission of the
proposed legislation to the Congress.
Sincerely yours,

FRANK KNOX.

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[No. 193)

FOR THE RELIEF OF FATHER PETER B, DUFFEE (H. R. 1586).

MR. HEFFERNAN

NAVY DEPARTMENT,

Washington, March 7, 1944. Hon. CARL VINSON, Chairman of the Committee on Naval Affairs,

House of Representatives. MY DEAR MR. CHAIRMAN: The bill (H. R. 1586) for the relief of Father Peter B. Duffee, was referred by your committee to the Navy Department with request for report thereon.

The purpose of the bill is to authorize and direct the Secretary of the Navy to pay to Father Peter B. Duffee, out of naval appropriations, such sum as will reimburse him for all hospital and medical expenses incurred prior to 10 days after the enactment of the bill as a result of personal injuries sustained by him in the rescue of persons from the U.S. S. Lafayette (formerly the steamship Normandie) and other services during the burning of that vessel. It would also authorize the hospitalization and treatment of Father Duffee for injuries thus sustained at any naval hospital, without expense to him.

The bill does not relate to naval personnel and as a consequence, the Navy Department does not desire to make a recommendation on the merits of the bill. It is, however, suggested, that, if the Congress desires to consider the bill favorably, the second section should be amended to read as follows:

SEC. 2. Until such time as the said Father Peter B. Duffee, in the opinion of the medical officer in command of the naval hospital, has received maximum medical and hospital benefit, he shall be entitled, without expense to him, to such care, maintenance, and treatment in any naval hospital as may be required on account of injuries sustained by him in the burning of the U. S. S. Lafayette.

The Navy Department has been advised by the Bureau of the Budget that there would be no objection to the submission of this report. Sincerely yours,

FRANK Knox.

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[No. 194]

TO AUTHORIZE THE PRESENTATION TO CAPT. WALTER THOMAS

COLLINS, UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS, OF A DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS (H. R. 3861). MR. FAY

NAVY DEPARTMENT,

Washington, March 7, 1944. Hon. CARL VINSON, Chairman of the Committee on Naval Affairs,

House of Representatives. MY DEAR MR. CHAIRMAN: The bill (H. R. 3861) to authorize the presentation to Capt. Walter Thomas Collins, United States Marine Corps, of a Distinguished Service Cross was referred by your committee to the Navy Department with request for views and recommendation.

The purpose of the bill is to authorize the presentation to Capt. Walter Thomas Collins, United States Marine Corps, of a Distinguished Service Cross in recognition of his heroic conduct on July 15, 1918, when he was a private (first class) in the United States Army.

As the acts for which the bill would award the Distinguished Service Cross were performed at a time when Captain Collins was an enlisted man in the United States Army, the Navy Department has no comment to make concerning the bill.

The Navy Department has been advised by the Bureau of the Budget that there would be no objection to the submission of this report. Sincerely yours,

FRANK Knox.

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