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YOU WERE AUTHORIZED TO TRAVEL FROM YOKOHAMA. YOU WERE ASSIGNED TO CABIN 221 BY THE TRANSPORTATION SECTION. YOU CLAIM REFUND OF THAT AMOUNT ON THE BASIS THAT CABIN 221 WAS NOT A FIRST CLASS ACCOMMODATION. CABIN NO. 20 IS LISTED AS FIRST CLASS C- ACCOMMODATION. IT WAS HELD THAT M ACCOMMODATIONS ON THE S.S. PRESIDENT CLEVELAND ARE FIRST CLASS ACCOMMODATIONS AND THAT CLASS C ACCOMMODATIONS ON THOSE VESSELS MAY NOT BE AUTHORIZED AT GOVERNMENT EXPENSE UNLESS M ACCOMMODATIONS ARE UNAVAILABLE AT THE TIME RESERVATIONS ARE MADE. SINCE A CLASS M ACCOMMODATION WAS AVAILABLE AT THE TIME YOUR RESERVATION WAS MADE. ASSIGNMENT TO YOU OF A SUPERIOR CLASS C ACCOMMODATION WOULD HAVE BEEN UNAUTHORIZED AT GOVERNMENT EXPENSE.

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B-130044, DEC. 31, 1956

TO LIEUTENANT COLONEL HARRY S. CRESSLER:

YOUR LETTER OF NOVEMBER 8, 1956, REQUESTS REVIEW OF SETTLEMENT DATED SEPTEMBER 27, 1956, WHICH DISALLOWED YOUR CLAIM FOR $100 REPRESENTING THE AMOUNT YOU PAID FOR SUPERIOR ACCOMMODATIONS ON THE S.S. PRESIDENT CLEVELAND INCIDENT TO YOUR TRANSFER FROM YOKOHAMA, JAPAN, TO THE UNITED STATES.

BY CHANGE OF STATION ORDERS DATED OCTOBER 7, 1955, YOU WERE AUTHORIZED TO TRAVEL FROM YOKOHAMA, JAPAN, TO SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA. YOU WERE ASSIGNED TO CABIN 221 BY THE TRANSPORTATION SECTION, PORT OF YOKOHAMA. YOU DID NOT LIKE THOSE ACCOMMODATIONS AND YOU PAID AN ADDITIONAL $100 FOR THE USE OF CABIN 20. YOU CLAIM REFUND OF THAT AMOUNT ON THE BASIS THAT CABIN 221 WAS NOT A FIRST CLASS ACCOMMODATION.

THE KEY TO FARE CLASSIFICATION ON THE CHART SHOWING THE ACCOMMODATIONS ON THE S.S. PRESIDENT CLEVELAND LISTS CABINNO. 221 AS FIRST CLASS M-1 ACCOMMODATION. CABIN NO. 20 IS LISTED AS FIRST CLASS C- ACCOMMODATION. IN OUR DECISION OF JANUARY 4, 1949, 28 COMP. GEN. 399 (B-80425), COPY ENCLOSED, IT WAS HELD THAT M ACCOMMODATIONS ON THE S.S. PRESIDENT WILSON AND THE S.S. PRESIDENT CLEVELAND ARE FIRST CLASS ACCOMMODATIONS AND THAT CLASS C ACCOMMODATIONS ON THOSE VESSELS MAY NOT BE AUTHORIZED AT GOVERNMENT EXPENSE UNLESS M ACCOMMODATIONS ARE UNAVAILABLE AT THE TIME RESERVATIONS ARE MADE. SINCE A CLASS M ACCOMMODATION WAS AVAILABLE AT THE TIME YOUR RESERVATION WAS MADE, ASSIGNMENT TO YOU OF A SUPERIOR CLASS C ACCOMMODATION WOULD HAVE BEEN UNAUTHORIZED AT GOVERNMENT EXPENSE.

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