B-37086, NOVEMBER 4, 1943, 23 COMP. GEN. 334

B-37086: Nov 4, 1943

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IRRESPECTIVE OF WHETHER SUCH SERVICE WAS PRIOR OR SUBSEQUENT TO JUNE 3. ALL PERIODS DURING WHICH THEY HELD COMMISSIONS OR WERE ENLISTED IN THE NAVAL MILITIA OF THE SEVERAL STATES. IT WAS HELD THAT A MEDICAL OFFICER OF THE REGULAR ARMY WAS NOT ENTITLED TO ADDITIONAL LONGEVITY PAY ON ACCOUNT OF SERVICE WHILE HOLDING A COMMISSION IN THE NAVAL MILITIA OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN COVERING THE PERIOD DECEMBER 4. THERE SHALL BE INCLUDED IN THE COMPUTATION ALL SERVICE WHICH IS NOW COUNTED IN COMPUTING LONGEVITY PAY. ALSO 75 PERCENTUM OF ALL OTHER PERIODS OF TIME DURING WHICH THEY HAVE HELD COMMISSIONS AS OFFICERS OF THE ORGANIZED MILITIA BETWEEN JANUARY 21. THERE WAS CONSIDERED THE EFFECT OF SECTION 3 OF THE ACT OF JUNE 10.

B-37086, NOVEMBER 4, 1943, 23 COMP. GEN. 334

PAY - SERVICE CREDITS - NAVAL MILITIA OF THE STATES, ETC. COMMISSIONED OFFICERS, EXCLUSIVE OF COMMISSIONED WARRANT OFFICERS, OF THE REGULAR NAVY AND NAVAL RESERVE MAY COUNT FOR PAY PURPOSES UNDER SECTION 1, 3, AND 3A OF THE PAY READJUSTMENT ACT OF 1942, AS AMENDED, ALL LEGAL SERVICE IN THE NAVAL MILITIA OF THE SEVERAL STATES, TERRITORIES, AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, IRRESPECTIVE OF WHETHER SUCH SERVICE WAS PRIOR OR SUBSEQUENT TO JUNE 3, 1916.

ASSISTANT COMPTROLLER GENERAL YATES TO THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY, NOVEMBER 4, 1943:

THERE HAS BEEN CONSIDERED YOUR LETTER OF SEPTEMBER 17, 1943, IN WHICH YOU REQUEST DECISION ON THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS:

(1) WHETHER COMMISSIONED OFFICERS, EXCLUSIVE OF COMMISSIONED WARRANT OFFICERS, OF THE REGULAR NAVY AND NAVAL RESERVE MAY COUNT FOR PAY PURPOSES UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF SECTIONS 1, 3, AND 3A OF THE PAY READJUSTMENT ACT OF 1942, AS AMENDED, SUPRA, ALL PERIODS DURING WHICH THEY HELD COMMISSIONS OR WERE ENLISTED IN THE NAVAL MILITIA OF THE SEVERAL STATES, TERRITORIES AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA FOR THE PERIOD PRIOR TO 1 JULY 1922 AND SUBSEQUENT TO 1 JULY 1925.

(2) WHETHER SUCH OFFICERS MAY COUNT SIMILAR SERVICE DURING THE PERIOD 1 JULY 1922 TO 30 JUNE 1925.

IN A DECISION OF THIS OFFICE DATED JUNE 23, 1931, A-37110, IT WAS HELD THAT A MEDICAL OFFICER OF THE REGULAR ARMY WAS NOT ENTITLED TO ADDITIONAL LONGEVITY PAY ON ACCOUNT OF SERVICE WHILE HOLDING A COMMISSION IN THE NAVAL MILITIA OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN COVERING THE PERIOD DECEMBER 4, 1907, TO MAY 31, 1910, UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION 1 OF THE ACT OF JUNE 10, 1922, 42 STAT. 625, 627--- WHICH AUTHORIZED 75 PERCENTUM OF ALL PERIODS OF TIME DURING WHICH OFFICERS OF THE SERVICES MENTIONED IN THE TITLE OF THE ACT HELD COMMISSIONS IN THE ORGANIZED MILITIA BETWEEN JANUARY 21, 1903, AND JULY 1, 1916--- FOR THE REASON THAT THE NAVAL MILITIA DID NOT CONSTITUTE A PART OF THE ORGANIZED MILITIA PRIOR TO THE ACT OF FEBRUARY 16, 1914, 38 STAT. 283.

THE PERTINENT PART OF PARAGRAPH 11, SECTION 1, OF THE ACT OF JUNE 10, 1922, CONSIDERED IN THAT DECISION, READS AS FOLLOWS:

* * *FOR OFFICERS IN THE SERVICE ON JUNE 30, 1922, THERE SHALL BE INCLUDED IN THE COMPUTATION ALL SERVICE WHICH IS NOW COUNTED IN COMPUTING LONGEVITY PAY, AND SERVICE AS A CONTRACT SURGEON SERVING FULL TIME; AND ALSO 75 PERCENTUM OF ALL OTHER PERIODS OF TIME DURING WHICH THEY HAVE HELD COMMISSIONS AS OFFICERS OF THE ORGANIZED MILITIA BETWEEN JANUARY 21, 1903, AND JULY 1, 1916, OR OF THE NATIONAL GUARD, THE NAVAL MILITIA, OR THE NATIONAL NAVAL VOLUNTEERS SINCE JUNE 3, 1916* * *.

IN A DECISION DATED JUNE 2, 1925, A-9404, TO THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY, THERE WAS CONSIDERED THE EFFECT OF SECTION 3 OF THE ACT OF JUNE 10, 1922, 42 STAT. 627, AS AMENDED, UPON THE RIGHT OF OFFICERS OF THE NAVAL RESERVE CREATED BY THE ACT OF FEBRUARY 28, 1925, 43 STAT. 1080, TO COUNT PRIOR NAVAL MILITIA SERVICE. SAID SECTION 3 PROVIDED FOR THE CREDITING TO SUCH OFFICERS OF---

* * *FULL TIME FOR ALL PERIODS DURING WHICH THEY HAVE HELD COMMISSIONS AS OFFICERS OF ANY OF THE SERVICES MENTIONED IN THE TITLE OF THIS ACT, OR IN THE ORGANIZED MILITIA, PRIOR TO JULY 1, 1916, OR IN THE NATIONAL GUARD, OR IN THE NAVAL MILITIA, OR IN THE NATIONAL NAVAL VOLUNTEERS, OR IN THE NAVAL RESERVE FORCE OR MARINE CORPS RESERVE FORCE, CONFIRMED IN GRADE AND QUALIFIED FOR ALL GENERAL SERVICE, WITH FULL TIME FOR ALL PERIODS DURING WHICH THEY HAVE PERFORMED ACTIVE DUTY UNDER RESERVE COMMISSIONS, AND WITH ONE-HALF TIME FOR ALL OTHER PERIODS DURING WHICH THEY HAVE HELD RESERVE COMMISSIONS. IT WAS HELD IN THE DECISION OF JUNE 2, 1925, SUPRA, THAT SUCH COMMISSIONED OFFICERS WERE ENTITLED TO CREDIT FOR PERIODS OF MEMBERSHIP IN THE NAVAL MILITIA AS SPECIFICALLY GRANTED FOR SERVICE THEREIN BY SECTION 3 OF THE ACT OF JUNE 10, 1922.

IT IS TO BE NOTED THAT WHEREAS THE CONCLUSION IN THE DECISION OF JUNE 23, 1931, DENIED TO OFFICERS OF THE REGULAR SERVICE THE CREDITING OF NAVAL MILITIA SERVICE PRIOR TO THE ACT OF FEBRUARY 16, 1914, UNDER THE SPECIFIC PROVISIONS OF SECTION 1 OF THE ACT OF JUNE 10, 1922--- ON THE GROUND THAT DURING SUCH PERIOD OF SERVICE IN THE NAVAL MILITIA THEY CONSTITUTED NO PART OF THE ORGANIZED MILITIA--- THE DECISION OF JUNE 2, 1925, AUTHORIZED ALL PRIOR SERVICE TO BE CREDITED BY OFFICERS OF THE NAVAL RESERVE CREATED BY THE ACT OF FEBRUARY 28, 1925, UNDER THE BROAD PROVISIONS OF SECTION 3 OF THE ACT OF JUNE 10, 1922, WHICH, WHILE LIMITING THE SERVICE IN THE ORGANIZED MILITIA TO PERIODS DURING WHICH THEY HELD COMMISSIONS THEREIN PRIOR TO JULY 1, 1916, CONTAINED NO QUALIFICATION OR LIMITATION AS TO THE TIME WHEN THEY HELD COMMISSIONS IN THE NAVAL MILITIA. THESE PROVISIONS FOR THE CREDITING OF THE SPECIFIED TIME WHILE HOLDING COMMISSIONS IN THE SEVERAL RESERVE FORCES WERE CONTINUED IN SECTIONS 1 AND 3 OF THE PAY READJUSTMENT ACT OF JUNE 16, 1942, 56 STAT. 360, BUT BY THE AMENDMENT OF DECEMBER 2, 1942, 56 STAT. 1037, IT WAS PROVIDED AS FOLLOWS:

THAT THE ELEVENTH PARAGRAPH OF SECTION 1 OF THE PAY READJUSTMENT ACT OF 1942 ( PUBLIC LAW 607), APPROVED JUNE 16, 1942, IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS:

"IN COMPUTING THE SERVICE FOR ALL PAY PURPOSES OF OFFICERS PAID UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION, SUCH OFFICERS SHALL BE CREDITED WITH FULL TIME FOR ALL PERIODS DURING WHICH THEY HAVE HELD COMMISSIONS AS OFFICERS OF ANY OF THE SERVICES MENTIONED IN THE TITLE OF THIS ACT, OR IN THE ORGANIZED MILITIA PRIOR TO JULY 1, 1916, OR IN THE NATIONAL GUARD, OR IN THE NATIONAL GUARD RESERVE, OR IN THE NATIONAL GUARD OF THE UNITED STATES, OR IN THE OFFICERS' RESERVE CORPS, OR IN THE NAVAL MILITIA, OR IN THE NATIONAL NAVAL VOLUNTEERS, OR IN THE NAVAL RESERVE FORCE, NAVAL RESERVE, MARINE CORPS RESERVE FORCE, MARINE CORPS RESERVE, COAST GUARD RESERVE AND THE RESERVE CORPS OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE, OR IN THE PHILIPPINE SCOUTS, OR IN THE PHILIPPINE CONSTABULARY, AND SERVICE OF COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY OFFICERS AUTHORIZED IN SECTION 2 (B) OF THE ACT OF JANUARY 19, 1942 ( PUBLIC LAW 402, SEVENTY-SEVENTH CONGRESS): PROVIDED, THAT FOR OFFICERS IN SERVICE ON JUNE 30, 1922, THERE SHALL BE INCLUDED IN THE COMPUTATION, IN ADDITION TO THE SERVICE SET FORTH ABOVE, ALL SERVICE WHICH WAS THEN COUNTED IN COMPUTING LONGEVITY PAY, AND SERVICE AS A CONTRACT SURGEON SERVING FULL TIME. LONGEVITY PAY FOR OFFICERS IN ANY OF THE SERVICES MENTIONED IN THE TITLE OF THIS ACT SHALL BE BASED ON THE TOTAL OF ALL SERVICE IN ANY OR ALL OF SAID SERVICES WHICH IS AUTHORIZED TO BE COUNTED FOR LONGEVITY PAY PURPOSES UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF THIS ACT OR AS MAY OTHERWISE BE PROVIDED BY LAW.'

SEC. 2. THE FIRST PARAGRAPH OF SECTION 3 OF THE PAY READJUSTMENT ACT OF 1942 ( PUBLIC LAW 607), APPROVED JUNE 16, 1942, IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS:

"SEC. 3. WHEN OFFICERS OF THE NATIONAL GUARD OR OF THE RESERVE FORCES OF ANY OF THE SERVICES MENTIONED IN THE TITLE OF THIS ACT, INCLUDING RESERVE OFFICERS, ARE AUTHORIZED BY LAW TO RECEIVE FEDERAL PAY, EXCEPT ARMORY DRILL AND ADMINISTRATIVE FUNCTION PAY, THEY SHALL RECEIVE PAY AS PROVIDED IN SECTION 1 OF THIS ACT, AND IN COMPUTING THEIR SERVICE FOR PAY THEY SHALL BE CREDITED WITH FULL TIME FOR ALL PERIODS DURING WHICH THEY HAVE HELD COMMISSIONS AS OFFICERS OF ANY OF THE SERVICES MENTIONED IN THE TITLE OF THIS ACT, OR IN THE ORGANIZED MILITIA PRIOR TO JULY 1, 1916, OR IN THE NATIONAL GUARD, OR IN THE NATIONAL GUARD RESERVE, OR IN THE NATIONAL GUARD OF THE UNITED STATES, OR IN THE OFFICERS RESERVE CORPS, OR IN THE NAVAL MILITIA, OR IN THE NATIONAL NAVAL VOLUNTEERS, OR IN THE NAVAL RESERVE FORCE, NAVAL RESERVE, MARINE CORPS RESERVE FORCE, MARINE CORPS RESERVE, COAST GUARD RESERVE, AND THE RESERVE CORPS OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE, OR IN THE PHILIPPINE SCOUTS, OR IN THE PHILIPPINE CONSTABULARY, AND SERVICE AUTHORIZED IN SECTION 2 (B) OF THE ACT OF JANUARY 19, 1942 ( PUBLIC LAW 402, SEVENTY-SEVENTH CONGRESS).

SEC. 3. THE PAY READJUSTMENT ACT OF 1942 ( PUBLIC LAW 607) APPROVED JUNE 16, 1942, IS AMENDED BY INSERTING AFTER SECTION 3 THEREOF THE FOLLOWING NEW SECTION:

"SEC. 3A. DURING THE EXISTENCE OF ANY WAR DECLARED BY CONGRESS AND FOR SIX MONTHS IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE TERMINATION OF SUCH WAR, IN COMPUTING THE SERVICE FOR ALL PAY PURPOSES OF OFFICERS PAID UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION 1 OR 3 OF THIS ACT, SUCH OFFICERS, IN ADDITION TO THE TIME REQUIRED TO BE CREDITED BY SUCH SECTIONS, SHALL BE CREDITED WITH FULL TIME FOR ALL PERIODS DURING WHICH THEY WERE ENLISTED OR HELD APPOINTMENTS AS WARRANT OFFICERS OR ARMY FIELD CLERKS OR AS COMMISSIONED WARRANT OFFICERS IN ANY OF THE SERVICES MENTIONED IN THE TITLE OF THIS ACT, OR IN THE REGULAR ARMY RESERVE, OR IN THE ORGANIZED MILITIA PRIOR TO JULY 1, 1916, OR IN THE NATIONAL GUARD, OR IN THE NATIONAL GUARD RESERVE, OR IN THE NATIONAL GUARD OF THE UNITED STATES, OR IN THE ENLISTED RESERVE CORPS OR IN THE NAVAL MILITIA, OR IN THE NATIONAL NAVAL VOLUNTEERS, OR IN THE NAVAL RESERVE FORCE, NAVAL RESERVE, MARINE CORPS RESERVE FORCE, MARINE CORPS RESERVE, COAST GUARD RESERVE, AND THE RESERVE CORPS OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE, OR IN THE PHILIPPINE SCOUTS, OR IN THE PHILIPPINE CONSTABULARY. THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION SHALL NOT BE CONSTRUED TO PERMIT ANY COMMISSIONED OFFICER TO RECEIVE PAY AND ALLOWANCES OF ANY RANK OR GRADE BY ANY OF THE PROVISIONS OF THIS ACT.'

SEC. 4. THIS ACT SHALL BECOME EFFECTIVE AS OF JUNE 1, 1942, BUT NO BACK PAY OR ALLOWANCES FOR ANY PERIOD PRIOR TO SUCH DATE SHALL ACCRUE BY REASON OF THE ENACTMENT OF THE ACT.

INSOFAR AS HERE MATERIAL, SECTION 1 OF THE ACT OF DECEMBER 2, 1942, CONFERS PAY BENEFITS TO COMMISSIONED OFFICERS OF THE SERVICES MENTIONED IN THE TITLE OF THE ACTS OF JUNE 10, 1922, AND JUNE 16, 1942, ON SUBSTANTIALLY THE SAME BASIS AS AUTHORIZED FOR OFFICERS OF THE RESERVE FORCES, NOT ONLY IN SECTION 3 OF THE AMENDED ACT BUT, ALSO, AS PREVIOUSLY AUTHORIZED FOR SUCH RESERVE OFFICERS UNDER SECTION 3 OF THE ACT OF JUNE 10, 1922. COMPARE DECISION OF JUNE 2, 1925, SUPRA. SINCE TO ONLY A LIMITED EXTENT DID MEMBERS OF THE NAVAL MILITIA PRIOR TO FEBRUARY 16, 1914, COMPRISE PART OF THE ORGANIZED MILITIA, THE VIEW APPEARS REASONABLY SOUND THAT THE OMISSION FROM SECTION 1 OF THE ACT OF DECEMBER 2, 1942, OF THE QUALIFYING PHRASE "OR OF THE NATIONAL GUARD, THE NAVAL MILITIA, OR THE NATIONAL NAVAL VOLUNTEERS SINCE JUNE 3, 1916" -- LANGUAGE WHICH WAS CONTAINED IN THE ACTS OF JUNE 10, 1922, AND JUNE 16, 1942--- HAS THE LEGAL EFFECT, BY THE SPECIFIC ENUMERATION OF THE SERVICES AUTHORIZED TO BE CREDITED, OF INCLUDING ALL TIME IN THE NAVAL MILITIA IRRESPECTIVE OF WHETHER SUCH TIME WAS PRIOR OR SUBSEQUENT TO JUNE 3, 1916.

ACCORDINGLY, ALL LEGAL SERVICE IN THE NAVAL MILITIA PROPERLY MAY BE INCLUDED IN THE COMPUTATION OF PAY OF COMMISSIONED OFFICERS, EXCLUSIVE OF COMMISSIONED WARRANT OFFICERS, UNDER SECTIONS 1, 2 AND 3 OF THE ACT OF DECEMBER 2, 1942. SUCH NAVAL MILITIA SERVICE DOES NOT INCLUDE SERVICE "IN RESERVE," AS TO WHICH SEE 25 COMP. DEC. 688. YOUR QUESTIONS (1) AND (2) ARE ANSWERED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE.

ALSO, YOU REQUEST DECISION AS TO WHETHER LIEUTENANT ROBERT ARGYLE CHAMBERLAIN, D-V/S), USNR, IS ENTITLED TO COUNT FOR THE PURPOSE OF COMPUTING HIS LONGEVITY PAY, PRIOR ENLISTED SERVICE IN THE MINNESOTA NAVAL MILITIA DURING THE PERIOD 1909 TO 1916, UNDER THE CONDITIONS SET FORTH IN THE CORRESPONDENCE WHICH YOU ENCLOSE, AND, IF SO, WHETHER THE AFFIDAVITS TRANSMITTED ARE SUFFICIENT TO SUBSTANTIATE CREDIT OF THE SERVICE PERFORMED BY HIM.

THE FILE CONTAINS A LETTER DATED JUNE 16, 1943, FROM THE ADJUTANT GENERAL'S OFFICE, SAINT PAUL, TO AN ATTORNEY FOR LIEUTENANT CHAMBERLAIN, READING AS FOLLOWS:

IN REPLY TO YOUR COMMUNICATION OF JUNE 11, 1943, WE WISH TO ADVISE THAT WE CANNOT ESTABLISH THE SERVICE RECORD OF ROBERT A. CHAMBERLAIN WHO CLAIMS SERVICE IN THE MINNESOTA NAVAL MILITIA FROM 1909 TO 1917.

THIS OFFICE HAS NO RECORD OF EVER RECEIVING ENLISTMENT OR REENLISTMENT PAPERS FOR THIS MAN, AND THE ONLY RECORD WE HAVE FOR HIM IS A NOTATION ON THE MONTHLY REPORT OF THE SECOND DIVISION, FIRST BATTALION, MINNESOTA NAVAL MILITIA, DATED JANUARY 1, 1913, WHICH SHOWS THAT A MAN BY THE NAME OF R. A. CHAMBERLAIN WAS APPOINTED ABUGLER. ON THE MONTHLY REPORT FOR THE SECOND DIVISION, FIRST BATTALION, MINNESOTA NAVAL MILITIA, DATED JULY 1914, IS THE FOLLOWING NOTATION: "R. A. CHAMBERLAIN IS HEREBY DISCHARGED PER EXPIRATION OF TERM OF SERVICE AS QM2C.'

THE ABOVE IS THE SUM TOTAL OF THE INFORMATION OBTAINED AFTER A FULL DAY'S WORK ON ROBERT A. CHAMBERLAIN'S CASE.

IN A LETTER DATED JULY 29, 1943, TO THE CHIEF OF NAVAL PERSONNEL LIEUTENANT CHAMBERLAIN FURNISHED THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT OF SERVICE.

(A) FULL NAME UNDER WHICH SERVICED--- ROBERT ARGYLE CHAMBERLAIN

(B) BRANCH OF SERVICE--- SECOND DIVISION, FIRST BATTALION, MINNESOTA NAVAL MILITIA.

(C) SERIAL NUMBER--- NOT AVAILABLE.

(D) DATE AND PLACE OF ENLISTMENT--- 1909, DULUTH, MINNESOTA( SEE ENCLOSURE (1) (

(E) DATE AND PLACE OF DISCHARGE--- JULY 1916 AT DULUTH, MINNESOTA

(F) RANK OR RATING AT DISCHARGE--- QUARTERMASTER ( SEE ENCLOSURES L AND 6)

(G) DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH--- 30 AUGUST 1892, AT CHICAGO, ILLINOIS.

ALSO, THERE IS SUBMITTED AN AFFIDAVIT EXECUTED BY THE OFFICER'S ATTORNEY, WHICH MERELY RECITES THE HISTORY OF THE ATTORNEY'S CONDUCT OF THE CASE AND IS OF NO PROBATIVE VALUE, AND AN AFFIDAVIT EXECUTED BY ONE EDGAR G. SMITH ON JULY 12, 1943, IN WHICH THE AFFIANT STATES THAT HE WAS WELL ACQUAINTED WITH ROBERT ARGYLE CHAMBERLAIN AND THAT SAID CHAMBERLAIN SERVED IN THE FIRST DIVISION, MINNESOTA NAVAL MILITIA --- OF WHICH AFFIANT WAS THE COMMANDING OFFICER FROM JULY 12, 1909, UNTIL FEBRUARY, 1916--- FROM SOME TIME IN 1909 CONTINUOUSLY TO APRIL, 1917. IT IS NOTED THAT LIEUTENANT CHAMBERLAIN STATES THAT HE SERVED IN THE SECOND DIVISION AND THAT THE RECORDS OF THE ADJUTANT GENERAL'S OFFICE MAKE REFERENCE TO ONE R. A. CHAMBERLAIN OF THE SECOND DIVISION. IT IS NOTED, ALSO, THAT LIEUTENANT CHAMBERLAIN STATES THAT HE WAS DISCHARGED FROM THE MINNESOTA NAVAL MILITIA IN JULY, 1916. SMITH'S AFFIDAVIT, EXECUTED SOME 30 YEARS AFTER THE EVENTS IN QUESTION, AND BASED SOLELY ON THE AFFIANT'S MEMORY MAY NOT BE ACCEPTED AS ESTABLISHING THE FACTS THEREIN SET FORTH. SEE DECISION OF JUNE 20, 1930, A-31680.

THE OFFICIAL RECORDS OF THE STATE ADJUTANT GENERAL'S OFFICE SHOW THAT ONE "R. A. CHAMBERLAIN" WAS APPOINTED A BUGLER IN THE MINNESOTA NAVAL MILITIA ON OR PRIOR TO JANUARY 1, 1913, AND SHOW HIM AS DISCHARGED ON THE MONTHLY REPORT FOR JULY, 1914. SAID RECORDS DO NOT LEGALLY ESTABLISH, HENCE MAY NOT BE ACCEPTED AS SUPPORTING, SERVICE IN THE MINNESOTA NAVAL MILITIA OF " ROBERT A. CHAMBERLAIN" OR " ROBERT ARGYLE CHAMBERLAIN" DURING THE PERIOD CLAIMED.

THE CORRESPONDENCE TRANSMITTED WITH YOUR LETTER IS RETURNED HEREWITH AS REQUESTED.