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APPROPRIATION BILL FOR 1944

HEARINGS

- SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE
COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

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COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS
CLARENCE CANNON, Missouri, Chairman

CLIFTON A. WOODRUM, Virginia JOHN TABER, New York
LOUIS LUDLOW, Indiana RICHARD B. WIGGLESWORTH, Massachusetts
MALCOLM. C. TARVER, Georgia WILLIAM P. LAMBERTSON, Kansas
JED JOHNSON, Oklahoma D. LANE POWERS, New Jersey
J. BUELL SNY DER, Pennsylvania J. WILLIAM DITTER, Pennsylvania
EMMET O'NEAL, Kentucky ALBERT E. CARTER, California
JAMES M. FITZPATRICK, New York CHARLES A. PLUMLEY, Vermont
LOUIS C. RA BAUT, Michigan EVERETT M. DIRKSEN, Illinois
JOE STARNES, Alabama ALBERT J. ENGEL, Michigan
JOHN H. KERR, North Carolina KARL STEFAN, Nebraska
GEORGE H. MAHON, Texas FRANCIS CASE, South Dakota
HARRY R. SHEPPARD, California FRANK B. KEEFE, Wisconsin
BUTLER B. HARE, South Carolina NOBLE J. JOHNSON, Indiana
ALBERT THOMAS, Texas ROBERT F. JONES, Ohio
JOE HEND RICKS, Florida BEN F. J. ENS EN, Iowa
MICHAEL J. KIRWAN, Ohio H. CARL ANDERSEN, Minnesota
JOHN M. COFFEE, Washington HENRY C. DWORSHAK, Idaho
W. F. NOR RELL, Arkansas WALTER C. PLOESER, Missouri

ALBERT GORE, Tennessee

ELMER H. WENE, New Jersey

CLINTON P. ANDERSON, New Mexico

JAMIE L. WHITTEN, Mississippi

THOMAS J. O'BRIEN, Illinois

JAMES M. CURLEY, Massachusetts
MARCELLUs C. Sheild, Clerk

SUBCOMMITTEE on INDEPENDENT OFFICEs
CLIFT ON A. WOODRUM, Virginia, Chairman

JAMES M. FITZPATRICK, New York RICHARD B. WIGGLESWORTH, Massachusetts
JOE STARNES, Alabama EVERETT M. DIRKSEN, Illinois
JOE HEND RICKS, Florida FRANCIS H. CASE, South Dakota
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LANE POWERS, New Jersey
WILLIAM DITTER, Pennsylvania . FRIDAY, JANUARY 8, 1943.

BERT E. CARTER, California

*:::::::::::::::" AMERICAN BATTLE MONUMENTS COMMISSION BERT J. ENGEL, Michigan stat - + EMENT OF HARVEY E. CONWAY, CHIEF CLERK

RL STEFAN, Nebraska ANCIS CASE, South Dakota ANK B. KEEFE, Wisconsin ple J. Johnsox, Indiana M SALARIES AND EXPENSES bert F. JoSES, Ohio Mr. W. * ooDRUM. We will take up the item for the American Battle

S. F. JENSEN, Iowa 0n - - -
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ARL ANDERSEN, Minne” F ony c. DworshAK, Idah" : or all expenses necess ------- 'amo... necessary for t LTER c. PLOESER, Miso." - o o by à. K.". \!...","ä", "å" go of xecutive Order Numbered 6614 o . S. C. 121-138), an sition of land or i - - of February 26, 1934, in - of said Act ..". ! land in foreign countries for of of the United States us . order without submission to the Attorney General 34 U. S. C. 520, 40 U § o, "...o. of section 355 of the Revised Statutes | Columbia and elsewhere: in | o: of personal services in the District Heild, Clerk "A quarters, including h ; including not to exceed $3,000 for allowances for - June 26, 1930 (5 U.S § §."; and light, as authorized by the Act approved stational cemeteries and ), purchase and repair of uniforms for caretakers travel expenses; rent o;', h'...'...". in Europe at a cost not exceeding $500; Paid for in advance; the ce and garage space in foreign countries which may "iroinia. Chairma" : Posenger-carrying v fi maintenance, repair, and operation of motor- lled s, virginia, solesworth Massachus!" departments of i.". may be furnished to the Čommission o: *LEswo" assach engraving, lith - ment or acquired by purchase; printi 2. ". SEN, Illinois cation of ographing, photographi purchase; printing, binding, formati • tographing, and typewriting includi h h Dakota and cem information concerning the A - - - - - * uding the publieteries in E - merican activities, b - now a -- y the Act od. .."; transfer of household ..","...'...","...; When ordered or o, d o and regulations promulgated to: . ..". when to..."..."'" j". pf travel of dependents Tary transfer of one official station to another, and ti "intries or betw employees by the Commission between pl , and the "cident theret ween foreign countries and the United States, i |. in foreign oppointment o, or, in the case of new appointments loosugio, transfers , may, if ordered I ments, transfer from place of ansfer from , is ordered or approved by the Commission, b of authorizi one official station to another f ssion, be regarded as a - ing the pa r for permanent duty for the purpos | *id Act of Oct payment of travel of dependents and f purpose Purchase of ctober 10, 1940, and regulations pro l or the purposes of | That notwi maps, textbooks * ons promulgated thereunder; and the twithstandi , newspapers, and periodicals; $47,450: under such nqing the requirements of existi s ,450: Provided, terms and - - - ents of existing laws or regulati : necessary a and conditions as the C ...< . or regulations, and y and pro - - ommission may in its dis i ‘ind op. "..."; o Commission may contract for o, "..." Curope and engage, by contract or otherwise, the services o:

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architects, firms of architects, and other technical and professional personnel: Provided further, That when traveling on business of the Commission, officers of the Army serving as members or as secretary of the Commission may be reimbursed for expenses as provided for civilian members of the Commission: And provided further, That the Commission may delegate to its chairman, secretary, or officials in charge of either its Washington or Paris offices, under such terms and conditions as it may prescribe, such of its authority as it may deem necessary and proper.

JUSTIFICATION OF ESTIMATE

Mr. WooDRUM. Will you give us a statement on this item for the American Battle Monuments Commission, Mr. Conway?

Mr. CoNWAY. Yes, sir. I have here a letter from General Pershing, the Chairman of the Commission, to the chairman of your committee, which with your permission, I should like to read and place in the

record. Mr. WooDRUM. Proceed. Mr. CoNWAY (reading): DECEMBER 28, 1942. The Honorable CLARENCE CANNoN, Chairman, Committee on Appropriations, House of Representatives, Washington, D. C. MY DEAR MR. CANNoN: In accordance.with request from your office, there is iven below information regarding the work of the American Battle Monuments ommission and its estimate of appropriations for the fiscal year 1944. The proposed appropriation is for the following purposes: 1. Maintenance and general administration of national cemeteries and memorials as follows: (a) Eight cemeteries containing the graves of 30,907 American dead who gave their lives during the World War. The names of these cemeteries, their locations, and the number of burials in each, are as follows:

Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, near Romagne, France - - - - - - - - - - - - 14, 242 Oise-Aisne American Cemetery, near Fère-en-Tardenois, France -- - - - - - - - 6,012 St. Mihiel American Cemetery, near Thiaucourt, France--- - - - - - - - - - - - - - 4, 152 Aisne-Marne American Cemetery, near Belleau, France-------- - - - - - - - - - 2, 288 Somme American Cemetery, near Bony, France - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1, 836 Suresnes American Cemetery, at Suresnes, Near Paris, France- - - - - - - - - 1, 541 Brookwood American Cemetery, at Brookwood, England-- - - - - - - - - - - - - 468 Flanders Field American Cemetery, near Waereghem, Belgium - - - - - - - - - 368

Total.----------------------------------------------------- 30, 907

(b) A memorial chapel in each of the above cemeteries.

(c) Twelve memorials outside the cemeteries, located as follows:

Montfaucon, France; Montsec, France; near Chateau-Thierry, France; Brest, France; Tours, France; near Bellicourt, France; near Sommepy, France;

Audenarde, Belgium; near Ypres, Belgium; Cantigny, France; near Belleau, lo

France; Gibraltar, Gibraltar. (d) Two memori ul tablets, one at Chaumont, France, and the other at Souilly, France. 2. Carrying on the general administrative work of the Commission. As was explained to your committee last year, it became necessary in the summer of 1941 for the Commission to order all of its American personnel in France and Belgium to return to the United States, and arrangemeits were made with the French and Belgian Governments so that our American cemeteries an memorials in those countries would be cared for under their supervision until it was practicable for our regular organization to return. In order to provide for the minimum operating expenses incurred under these agreements and to provide for the necessary administrative expenses of the Commission, $50,000 was ap: propriated for these purposes for the fiscal year 1943, and the amount provided for the fiscal year 1944 is $47,450, which reflects a reduction of $2,550 in administrative expenses. Tables giving certain data requested by your committee are enclosed.

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