A-96557, AUGUST 6, 1938, 18 COMP. GEN. 137

A-96557: Aug 6, 1938

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WHILE A MEDICAL OFFICER OF A NATIONAL GUARD INFANTRY REGIMENT MEDICAL DETACHMENT IS NOT ENTITLED TO THE ADDITIONAL PAY PROVIDED FOR OFFICERS COMMANDING ORGANIZATIONS LESS THAN A BRIGADE AND HAVING ADMINISTRATIVE FUNCTIONS CONNECTED THEREWITH. REQUESTING DECISION WHETHER YOU ARE AUTHORIZED TO PAY TWO ARMORY DRILL PAY ROLLS DESIGNATED AS . WAS DISBANDED. DISPOSITION OF THE OFFICERS AND ENLISTED MEN OF THAT ORGANIZATION WAS MADE BY PARAGRAPH 1. WHEREIN IT WAS PROVIDED THAT CAPT. ABNER AVERLY ROSS WAS TO ASSUME COMMAND OF THE NEW MEDICAL DEPARTMENT DETACHMENT. WAS ANNOUNCED AND MADE OF RECORD BY ORDER OF THE GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF TEXAS. WAS ANNOUNCED BY ORDER OF THE GOVERNOR. THE TWO PAY ROLLS SUBMITTED BY YOU ARE NOT PROPERLY DESCRIBED AS ARMORY DRILL PAY ROLLS OF MEDICAL DEPARTMENT DETACHMENT.

A-96557, AUGUST 6, 1938, 18 COMP. GEN. 137

NATIONAL GUARD - MEDICAL OFFICERS - STATUS AND PAY FOR APPROPRIATE DUTIES DURING INTERIM BETWEEN DETACHMENT DISBANDMENT AND REORGANIZATION MEDICAL CORPS OFFICERS COMMISSIONED IN A NATIONAL GUARD INFANTRY REGIMENT BELONG TO THE REGIMENT AND THE DISBANDMENT OF THE MEDICAL DETACHMENT WITHOUT OTHERWISE DISPOSING OF THE OFFICERS LEAVES THEM A PART OF THE REGIMENT. WHILE A MEDICAL OFFICER OF A NATIONAL GUARD INFANTRY REGIMENT MEDICAL DETACHMENT IS NOT ENTITLED TO THE ADDITIONAL PAY PROVIDED FOR OFFICERS COMMANDING ORGANIZATIONS LESS THAN A BRIGADE AND HAVING ADMINISTRATIVE FUNCTIONS CONNECTED THEREWITH, FOR THE PERIOD BETWEEN THE DISBANDING OF THE DETACHMENT AND ITS REORGANIZATION AND FEDERAL RECOGNITION, HE MAY, IF OTHERWISE ENTITLED, BE PAID AS FOR THE PERFORMANCE OF APPROPRIATE DUTIES DURING THE INTERIM.

ACTING COMPTROLLER GENERAL ELLIOTT TO MAJ. L. P. WORRALL, UNITED STATES ARMY, AUGUST 6, 1938:

THERE HAS BEEN RECEIVED BY REFERENCE FROM THE CHIEF OF FINANCE YOUR LETTER OF JUNE 18, 1938, REQUESTING DECISION WHETHER YOU ARE AUTHORIZED TO PAY TWO ARMORY DRILL PAY ROLLS DESIGNATED AS ,MEDICAL DEPARTMENT DETACHMENT, ONE HUNDRED AND FORTY-FIRST INFANTRY, TEXAS NATIONAL GUARD," IN FAVOR OF CAPT. ABNER AVERLY ROSS FOR $8.89 AND $15.61, RESPECTIVELY, COVERING PAY FOR THE SATISFACTORY PERFORMANCE OF APPROPRIATE DUTIES FOR THE PERIODS SEPTEMBER 21 TO SEPTEMBER 30, 1937, AND OCTOBER 1 TO OCTOBER 17, 1937, INCLUSIVE.

FROM COPIES OF ORDERS ATTACHED TO THE ARMORY DRILL PAY ROLLS, IT APPEARS THAT BY PARAGRAPH 1, GENERAL ORDER NO. 24, DATED SEPTEMBER 20, 1937, THE MEDICAL DEPARTMENT DETACHMENT, ONE HUNDRED AND FORTY-FIRST INFANTRY, WAS DISBANDED, EFFECTIVE MIDNIGHT SEPTEMBER 20, 1937. DISPOSITION OF THE OFFICERS AND ENLISTED MEN OF THAT ORGANIZATION WAS MADE BY PARAGRAPH 1, SPECIAL ORDERS, NO. 107, DATED SEPTEMBER 20, 1937, WHEREIN IT WAS PROVIDED THAT CAPT. ABNER AVERLY ROSS WAS TO ASSUME COMMAND OF THE NEW MEDICAL DEPARTMENT DETACHMENT, ONE HUNDRED AND FORTY-FIRST INFANTRY, WHEN REORGANIZED. FEDERAL RECOGNITION OF THE REORGANIZED MEDICAL DEPARTMENT DETACHMENT UNDER DATE OF OCTOBER 18, 1937, WAS ANNOUNCED AND MADE OF RECORD BY ORDER OF THE GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF TEXAS, OCTOBER 31, 1937, AND THE PROMOTION OF CAPT. ABNER AVERLY ROSS TO THE GRADE OF MAJOR, MEDICAL CORPS, AND HIS REASSIGNMENT AS COMMANDING OFFICER, MEDICAL DEPARTMENT DETACHMENT, ONE HUNDRED AND FORTY-FIRST INFANTRY, EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 17, 1937, WAS ANNOUNCED BY ORDER OF THE GOVERNOR, OCTOBER 18, 1937.

CAPTAIN ROSS EXECUTED N.G.B. FORM 100 SEPTEMBER 30, 1937, STATING THEREIN

SATISFACTORILY PERFORMED APPROPRIATE DUTIES FROM SEPTEMBER 21, 1937, TO SEPTEMBER 30, 1937. S.O. 107, AG-TEX SEPTEMBER 20, 1937, PAR. A. AS FOLLOWS: CAPTAIN ABNER A. ROSS, M.C., LOCKHART, TEXAS, TO ASSUME COMMAND OF NEW MEDICAL DEPARTMENT DETACHMENT, 141ST INFANTRY, WHENRE ORGANIZED.

HE EXECUTED N.G.B. FORM 100 FOR THE PERIOD OCTOBER 1 TO OCTOBER 17, 1937, STATING---

SATISFACTORILY PERFORMED APPROPRIATE DUTIES FROM OCTOBER 1, 1937, TO OCTOBER 17, 1937.

LT.COL. MARVIN D. STEEN, ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY-FIRST INFANTRY, CERTIFIED ON THE PAY ROLL COVERING THE PERIOD FROM SEPTEMBER 21 TO SEPTEMBER 30, 1937, THAT CAPT. ABNER AVERLY ROSS PERFORMED THE DUTIES OF A REGIMENTAL SURGEON ATTACHED TO THE ONE HUNDRED AND FORTY-FIRST INFANTRY DURING THE PERIOD SEPTEMBER 21 TO SEPTEMBER 30, INCLUSIVE, AND ON THE PAY ROLL COVERING THE PERIOD OCTOBER 1, 1937, TO OCTOBER 17, 1937, INCLUSIVE, THERE APPEARS THE SAME CERTIFICATE BY LIEUTENANT COLONEL STEEN AS TO DUTIES PERFORMED BY CAPTAIN ROSS.

THE TWO PAY ROLLS SUBMITTED BY YOU ARE NOT PROPERLY DESCRIBED AS ARMORY DRILL PAY ROLLS OF MEDICAL DEPARTMENT DETACHMENT, ONE HUNDRED AND FORTY- FIRST INFANTRY, LOCKHART, TEX., SEPTEMBER 21 TO SEPTEMBER 30, 1937, AND OCTOBER 1 TO OCTOBER 17, 1937, SINCE THE MEDICAL DEPARTMENT DETACHMENT, ONE HUNDRED AND FORTY-FIRST INFANTRY, WAS DISBANDED EFFECTIVE MIDNIGHT SEPTEMBER 20, 1937, AND WAS NOT OFFICIALLY IN EXISTENCE FOR THE PERIOD COVERED BY THE VOUCHERS.

THE ORGANIZATION OF AN INFANTRY REGIMENT PROVIDES FOR HEADQUARTERS, A HEADQUARTERS COMPANY, A SERVICE COMPANY, A HOWITZER COMPANY, THREE BATTALIONS, AND A MEDICAL DEPARTMENT DETACHMENT. SEE TABLE OF ORGANIZATION 23, NATIONAL GUARD INFANTRY REGIMENT (CONSOLIDATED TABLE). MEDICAL CORPS OFFICERS COMMISSIONED IN A REGIMENT BELONG TO THE REGIMENT AND THE DISBANDMENT OF THE MEDICAL DETACHMENT WITHOUT OTHERWISE DISPOSING OF THE OFFICERS LEAVES THEM A PART OF THE REGIMENT.

WHILE A MEDICAL OFFICER IN THE SITUATION OF CAPTAIN ROSS IS NOT ENTITLED TO THE ADDITIONAL PAY, PROVIDED FOR OFFICERS COMMANDING ORGANIZATIONS LESS THAN A BRIGADE AND HAVING ADMINISTRATION FUNCTIONS CONNECTED THEREWITH, THE MEDICAL OFFICER MAY, WHERE IT IS SHOWN THAT HE CONTINUES TO PERFORM APPROPRIATE DUTIES, RECEIVE THE PAY PRESCRIBED FOR SUCH DUTY.

LT.COL. MARVIN D. STEEN HAS CERTIFIED THAT FOR THE PERIOD COVERED BY THE TWO PAY ROLLS CAPTAIN ROSS PERFORMED THE DUTIES OF A REGIMENTAL SURGEON "ATTACHED" TO THE ONE HUNDRED AND FORTY-FIRST INFANTRY. PAYMENT OF THE VOUCHERS RETURNED, TOGETHER WITH SUPPORTING PAPERS, MAYBE MADE, IF OTHERWISE CORRECT.