A-18294, MAY 6, 1927, 6 COMP. GEN. 724

A-18294: May 6, 1927

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TRANSPORTATION - HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS - MARINE CORPS ENLISTED MAN AN ENLISTED MAN OF THE MARINE CORPS WHO WAS DETACHED FROM DUTY AT A FOREIGN STATION AND ORDERED TO THE UNITED STATES FOR TREATMENT IN A NAVAL HOSPITAL IS NOT ENTITLED TO HAVE HIS AUTHORIZED PERMANENT CHANGE OF STATION BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE SHIPPED AT GOVERNMENT EXPENSES TO THE HOSPITAL. REQUESTING DECISION WHETHER YOU ARE AUTHORIZED TO PAY THE TRANSPORTATION COSTS ON AN AUTOMOBILE SHIPPED APRIL 16. YOU WILL CONSIDER YOURSELF DETACHED FROM YOUR PRESENT STATION AND SUCH OTHER DUTIES AS MAY HAVE BEEN ASSIGNED YOU. YOU WILL PROCEED TO THE NAVAL HOSPITAL AND REPORT TO THE COMMANDING OFFICER. THE QUESTION IS WHETHER THIS ORDER DETACHING MARINE GUNNER LATTIN FROM DUTY AT A FOREIGN STATION AND DIRECTING HIM TO PROCEED TO THE UNITED STATES FOR TREATMENT IN A NAVAL HOSPITAL MAY BE TREATED AS A PERMANENT CHANGE OF STATION SO AS TO ENTITLE HIM TO HAVE HIS AUTOMOBILE SHIPPED FROM A PLACE IN THE UNITED STATES TO THE PLACE WHERE HE WAS HOSPITALIZED.

A-18294, MAY 6, 1927, 6 COMP. GEN. 724

TRANSPORTATION - HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS - MARINE CORPS ENLISTED MAN AN ENLISTED MAN OF THE MARINE CORPS WHO WAS DETACHED FROM DUTY AT A FOREIGN STATION AND ORDERED TO THE UNITED STATES FOR TREATMENT IN A NAVAL HOSPITAL IS NOT ENTITLED TO HAVE HIS AUTHORIZED PERMANENT CHANGE OF STATION BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE SHIPPED AT GOVERNMENT EXPENSES TO THE HOSPITAL.

COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL TO MAJ. RENATO TITTONI, UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS, MAY 6, 1927:

THERE HAS BEEN RECEIVED YOUR LETTER OF APRIL 25, 1927, REQUESTING DECISION WHETHER YOU ARE AUTHORIZED TO PAY THE TRANSPORTATION COSTS ON AN AUTOMOBILE SHIPPED APRIL 16, 1927, BY THE DEPOT QUARTERMASTER, MARINE CORPS, FROM SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF., TO SEATTLE, WASH., AS THE AUTHORIZED ALLOWANCE OF BAGGAGE OF MARINE GUNNER JAMES W. LATTIN, UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS, TRANSFERRED FROM NAVAL HOSPITAL, GUAM, TO NAVAL HOSPITAL, BREMERTON, WASH., UNDER ORDERS FROM THE COMMANDANT, UNITED STATES NAVAL STATION, GUAM, DATED JANUARY 28, 1927, AS FOLLOWS: FROM: COMMANDANT. TO: MARINE GUNNER JAMES W. LATTIN, U.S.M.C., NAVAL HOSPITAL, GUAM. VIA: COMMANDING OFFICER, MARINE BARRACKS, AND COMMANDING OFFICER, NAVAL

HOSPITAL. SUBJECT: CHANGE OF DUTY. REFERENCE: REPORT OF MEDICAL SURVEY DATED 28 JANUARY, 1927. INCLOSURE: COPY OF REFERENCE.

1. IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF THE REFERENCE, COPY ATTACHED, ON 29 JANUARY, 1927, YOU WILL CONSIDER YOURSELF DETACHED FROM YOUR PRESENT STATION AND SUCH OTHER DUTIES AS MAY HAVE BEEN ASSIGNED YOU, AND REPORT TO THE COMMANDING OFFICER, U.S.S. HURON FOR PASSAGE ON BOARD THAT VESSEL TO BREMERTON, WASHINGTON.

2. UPON ARRIVAL AT BREMERTON, YOU WILL PROCEED TO THE NAVAL HOSPITAL AND REPORT TO THE COMMANDING OFFICER, NAVAL HOSPITAL, BREMERTON, FOR ADMISSION AS A PATIENT.

L. S. SHAPLEY.

THE QUESTION IS WHETHER THIS ORDER DETACHING MARINE GUNNER LATTIN FROM DUTY AT A FOREIGN STATION AND DIRECTING HIM TO PROCEED TO THE UNITED STATES FOR TREATMENT IN A NAVAL HOSPITAL MAY BE TREATED AS A PERMANENT CHANGE OF STATION SO AS TO ENTITLE HIM TO HAVE HIS AUTOMOBILE SHIPPED FROM A PLACE IN THE UNITED STATES TO THE PLACE WHERE HE WAS HOSPITALIZED, AT THE EXPENSE OF THE GOVERNMENT AS HIS AUTHORIZED PERMANENT CHANGE OF STATION ALLOWANCE.

DECISION OF FEBRUARY 4, 1925, 4 COMP. GEN. 653, HOLDING THAT WHERE AN OFFICER OF THE MARINE CORPS IS DETACHED FROM DUTY AT A FOREIGN STATION AND ORDERED TO THE UNITED STATES FOR TREATMENT IN A NAVAL HOSPITAL, SUCH PERMANENT CHANGE OF STATION UNDER THE ACT OF MAY 18, 1920, 41 STAT. 604, PERMANENT CHANGE OF STATION UNDER THE ACT OF MAY 18, 1920, 21 STAT. 604, FOR TRANSPORTATION OF HIS DEPENDENTS "FROM SUCH FOREIGN STATION" TO THE UNITED STATES HAS NO APPLICATION TO THIS CASE. TRANSPORTATION OF CHANGE OF STATION ALLOWANCE OF BAGGAGE, AUTHORIZED BY APPROPRIATION ACTS, UNDER THE REGULATIONS OF THE MARINE CORPS MAY BE MADE ONLY IN CONNECTION WITH A PERMANENT CHANGE OF STATION AND PURSUANT TO THE REGULATIONS. SEE PARAGRAPH 279, INSTRUCTIONS GOVERNING TRANSPORTATION OF TROOPS AND SUPPLIES FOR UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS, 1916, AS AMENDED. THE NAVAL HOSPITAL AT BREMERTON IS NOT THE PERMANENT STATION OR POST OF DUTY OF MARINE GUNNER LATTIN, AND THERE IS NO AUTHORITY TO TRANSPORT HIS CHANGE OF STATION BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE OR ANY PART THEREOF TO THAT PLACE UNDER THE ORDERS QUOTED. THE SHIPMENT HAVING BEEN MADE ON GOVERNMENT BILL OF LADING, CARRIER'S BILL MAY BE PAID BUT THE AMOUNT THEREOF SHOULD BE REFUNDED BY MARINE GUNNER LATTIN, OR THE SHIPMENT BE TREATED AS A PART OF THE SHIPMENT OF HIS CHANGE OF STATION BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE WHEN HE IS ASSIGNED A PERMANENT STATION ON DISCHARGE FROM HOSPITAL.