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PROVIDING REIMBURSEMENT FOR PERSONAL PROPERTY LOST, DAMAGED, OR DESTROYED AS THE RESULT OF AN EXPLOSION AT THE NAVAL AIR STATION, NORFOLK, VA., ON SEPTEMBER 17; 1943

FEBRUARY 22, 1945.—Committed to the Committee of the Whole House and

ordered to be printed

Mr.JENNINGS, from the Committee on Claims, submitted the following

REPORT

(To accompany H, R. 1309)

The Committee on Claims, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 1309) to provide reimbursement for personal property lost, damaged, or destroyed as the result of an explosion at the naval air station, Norfolk, Va., on September 17, 1943, having considered the same, report favorably thereon without amendment and recommend that the bill do pass.

This proposed legislation was submitted by the Secretary of the Navy to the Speaker of the House of Representatives for enactment.

It authorizes and directs the Secretary of the Treasury to pay, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, such sum or sums, amounting in the aggregate not to exceed $28,000, as may be required by the Secretary of the Navy to satisfy claims, including those of insurance companies and of naval and civilian personnel of the Naval Establishment, for privately owned property lost, damaged, or destroyed as the result of an explosion at the naval air station, Norfolk, Va., on September 17, 1943.

The facts on this claim are that on the date mentioned a number of bombs were being transported on bomb trailers, which trailers were towed by a truck from the naval operating base to the naval air station at Norfolk, Va. An explosion occurred in the bombs being thus transported, which resulted in considerable loss of both public and private property.

Claims were submitted by a large number of claimants for their privately owned property lost or damaged in the disaster. Such claims were thoroughly investigated by the commanding officer of the naval air station, who had separate appraisals made of the damage to each item of the claim. The aggregate of the approved claims to date is $25,211.83. In addition, a number of other persons had their property damaged but to date have filed no claims for reimbursement. For that reason the bill was made in the amount “not to exceed $28,000." LEE GRAHAM

The Navy Department considers the individual claims meritorious and recommends the favorable enactment of this legislation. Your committee recommend favorable consideration.

Navy DEPARTMENT,
OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY,

Washington, November 21, 1944. Hon. Sam RAYBURN,

Speaker of the House of Representatives. My Dear Mr. SPEAKER: There is transmitted herewith a draft of a proposed bill, to provide reimbursement for personal property lost, damaged, or destroyed as the result of an explosion at the naval air station, Norfolk, Va., on September 17, 1943.

The purpose of this proposed bill is to authorize and direct the Secretary of the Treasury to pay out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, sums not exceeding $28,000 in the aggregate, or such portion thereof as may be necessary to satisfy claims covering loss or destruction of, or damage to privately owned property resulting from an explosion at the naval air station, Norfolk, Va., on September 17, 1943.

On the date above-mentioned a number of bombs were being transported on bomb trailers, which trailers were towed by a truck from the naval operating base to the naval air station at Norfolk, Va. An explosion occurred in the bombs being thus transported, which resulted in considerable loss of both private and public property.

Claims have been submitted by a large number of claimants for their privately owned property lost or damaged in the disaster. These claims were thoroughly investigated by the commanding officer of the naval air station who had separate appraisals made of the damage to each item of the claims. The total claims submitted to date, and the amounts recommended for their settlement, are shown on the enclosed list, marked “Exhibit 1.".

The aggregate of these approved claims is $25,211.83. In addition, a number of other persons had their property damaged but to date have filed no claims for reimbursement.

Under the circumstances it is considered advisable to have the bill make available additional funds, should these individuals file claims that are found to be meritorious.

Accordingly, provision is made in the bill for an appropriation of $28,000.

A large number of the claims were for damages to motor vehicles which were on the naval reservation at the time of the explosion. In those cases where the insurance company has already made good the loss, it is proposed to reimburse the company to the extent only of the damages as found by the Government appraiser.

The Navy Department is of the opinion that provision should be made for the payment of the claims for privately owned property as the loss of and damage thereto occurred without fault or negligence on the part of the owners.

There is no other authority of law by virtue of which the claims may be adjusted.

The additional cost to the Government should this proposed legislation be enacted would not exceed $28,000.

The Navy Department recommends that the proposed legislation be enacted.

The Navy Department has been advised by the Bureau of the Budget that there would be no bjection to the submission of this proposed legislation to the Congress. The Navy Department was also advised that no commitment is to be made with respect to the relation to the President's program of the insurance subrogation provision of this bill. Sincerely yours,

FORRESTAL

A BILL To provide reimbursement for personal property lost, damaged, or destroyed as the result of an explosion at the Naval Air Station, Norfolk, Virginia, on September 17, 1943.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of the Treasury be, and he is hereby, authorized and directed to pay, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, such sum or sums, amounting in the aggregate not to exceed $28,000, as may be required by the Secretary of the Navy to satisfy claims, including those of insurance companies and of naval and civilian personnel of the naval establishment, for privately owned property lost, damaged, or destroyed as the result of an explosion at the naval air station, Norfolk, Virginia, on September 17, 1943: Provided, That no part of the amount appropriated in this Act in excess of 10 per centum thereof shall be paid or delivered to or received by any agent or attorney on account of services rendered in connection with this claim, and the same shall be unlawful, any contract to the contrary notwithstanding. Any person violating the provisions of this Act shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof shall be fined in any sum not exceeding $1,000.

Individual claims

Claimant

Amount

Claimant

Amount

$112.00
351.21
12. 15

.

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1. Abrams (Parsons), Margaret J.
2. Adkison, Robert B.
3. Alamsha, Charles R.
4. Armstrong, Russell Miller, Pho

M 3c.
5. Arritt, Albert B.
6. Askew, C. E
7. Aydlette, H. T
8. Baker, Dan C.
9. Ballard, Frank Kelly, AMM 3c.
10. Bankhead, J. I.
11. Beachum, Robert F.
12. Beamon, Ira A
13. Bennett, C. E.
14. Benson, Carroll B
15. Berardi, Anthony-
16. Bernard, L. M.
17. Bilodeau, Robert W.
18. Bishop, Lewis Moore.
19. Blair, M. E.
20. Blythe, H. T., MM 1c-
21. Bopp, Leo R
22. Bracy, L. W
23. Brown, Harvey Guy, ARM 2c
24. Browning, Claude Nelson
25. Bryson, Louis E
26. Buckingham, Thomas J.
27. Buccari, J. A
28. Bunton, E. L.
29. Cannoles, H. H.
30. Carr, F. H.
31. Carter, Thomas A.
32. Cathey, Ralph A. (Coca-Cola Bot-

tling Works) 33. Childs, Samuel D. (for son). 34. Christopher, Dee. 35. Clinard, James D., Jr. 36. Coates, B. F. 37. Colonna, Frances Edward, S lc. 38. Conant, Jean. 39. Coplin, Jesse Homer 40. Cowens, Andrew Ralph. 41. Crawford, George W 42. Crouch, J. L., CBM 43. Crumpler, Granville C. 44. Cumbo, Thomas. 45. Dailey, A. S. 46. Daniels, Selma K 47. Davidson, J. T., Jr. 48. Davis, James L. 49. Decker, Jimmie P. 50. DeGarno, G. J. 51. Edmonds, Merrit H. 52. Ellsworth, Margaret I.. 33. Emery, George F. 34. Erlandsen, Mrs. C. F.

176. 50

88.00 209.00

85.00 293.00

36.00 223. 03

52.00 122.00 62. 28 40.00

9.00 88.00

7.80 110.00 64.00 49.90 333.00 20.00 15.00 121.00

9. 60 247. 65

20.00 130.00 130.00 150.00

37. 20
37.00
42. 50
191.00
50.00
55. 65
128. 50
36. 25
15.00
94. 50
167.00
67.00
45.00
75.00
331. 35
98.00
89.00
12 35
10.00
12.95
60.00
37.00
175.00
59.00
45.00
74.00
28. 00
7. 80

55. Etheridge, W. S.
56. Fletcher, B. E.
57. Flood, R. J., RE.
58. Flournoy, Milton Clyde.
59. Flowers, George B., Jr.
60. Flowers, W. G.
61. Forbes, J. E.
62. Forehand, B. F
63. Forshaw, Harold
64. Fox, Richard W
65. Freeman, Albert A
66. Galloway, Frank Clifford
67. Garris, Lawrence L., Jr.
68. Gormley, James J.
69. Goyette, Wilfred A
70. Greene, Joseph H.
71. Greenwood, H. A.
72. Grety, Walter James.
73. Gribble, Annette G.
74. Griffin, Noyce L..
75. Hall, K. F.
76. Harrell, William
77. Harrison, M..
78. Hartman, Merita A
79. Hill, J. B., Jr..
80. Hobson, Eldon C.
81. Howe, Charles W. (car)
82. Howe, Charles W. (other personal

property).
83. Hundley, N. W
84. Hutchens, Walter..
85. HI ynson, B. T., Ensign, U.S. N. R.
86. Jeffries, James B.
87. Jenkins, Overton S.
88. Johnson, Claude L.
89. Johnson, Earl F.:
90. Johnson, Marie Louise
91. Jones, A. L..
92. Jones, J. Garland.
93. Jones, Orlando.
94. Jones, William E.
95. Keeling, W. F., ARM3c.
96. Klein, Laverdes P.
97. Knotts, Lester F.
98. Koon, J. C.
99. Kusan, John V.
100. Lambert, John William.
101. Laughinghouse, W. B.
102. Laurence, Sophie C
103. Lawrence, Bernard C.
104. Lemons, J. W
105. Le Royer, M. F
106. Levangie, Joseph B.
107. Lister, W. C
108. Logsdon, Gerald L.
109. Losee, Gordon C., Lt. (Jr. Gr.).

261.00
610.00
150.00
23. 50
35.00
94.00
49.95
36. 50
16. 10
134.00
182.00

21. 25
125.00
20.00
51. 00
197.00

27.00 500.00 203. 55 85.00 24.00 135.00 41.00

26.00 65.00 70.12 267. 60 234.76 100.00

7. 50 25.00

3. 00 150.00 169.00 30.00 19. 10 20. 50 14. 25 46 00 20.00 41.95 38. 85 110.00 15. 66 40.00 55.00 75.00 18. 15 146.00 55. 25 47. 30

Individual claimsContinued

Olaimant

Amount

Olaimant

Amount

$170.00

10.00 68. 20 69.00 20.00 19.00 150.00 649.00

9.00 115. 52

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$60.00

5. 35 8.00 10.00 10.00 74.50 26. 25 20.00 42. 10 10.00 11.50 138.00

38 40 196. 33

50. 70 650 00 325.00 27. 50 39.00 21.04 45.90 130.00

350.00

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110. Lovelace, R. O 111. Lyde, B. M. 112. Marchione, John. 113. Marks, W. W. 114. Martin, C. F 115. Mason, William C. 116. McGlone, J. M.. 117. McGraw, Linwood H. 118. McLaughlin, L. W., Bosn 119. Meacham, P.8.. 120. Mercer, William Rolls, AMM20

(car). 121. Mercer, Wm. Rolls, AMM2c (other

pers. prop.), 122. Mersheimer, W.L. 123. Mesley, Francis J., Avia. Mach. 124. Meyers, Louis, AM 20. 125. Midgett, Richard W. 126. Miller, Seab, Pvt.... 127. Mills, Joseph F. 128. Mills, William Claude.. 129. Minton, Emil Eastwood, MM20. 130. Mitchell, Perry L., Lt. Comdr. 131. Montgomery, H. L., Gunner.. 132. Moore, William C. 133. Mullen, Calvert W., AMM3C. 134. Mullin, Donald J., Avia. Mach. 135. Mullins, H. J. 136. Murry, Robert Joseph, Sic. 137. Noon, D. R. RM20 138. Nutt, C. S., Chief Water Tender. 139. Odom, Herbert, Avia. Metalsmith 140. Olsen, O.J. 141. Owens, William C., AMM2c. 142. Pate, John H... 143. Perdue, Herman W. 144. Plympton, N. F. 145. Putnam, Mrs. Blanche D 146. Randolph, Neville H. 147. Ream, J. D. 148. Resing, Robert D. 149. Roberts, Junius. 150. Robertson, Carl J. 151. Rountree, S. D. 152. Rymer, Chauncey D., Jr. 163. Sansone, J. A. 154. Sargeant, Lavinia C. 155. Schroeder, Le Roy 156. Scott, Ernest C., ARM3c. 157. Selman, William, III.

158. Sherrard, Paul J. 159. Shoemaker, J. M., Capt.. 160. Skinner, Ezra Thayer161. Smith, Charles L. 162. Smith, J. C. 163. Smith, R. R. 164. Sorrento, Charles F. 165. Steele, Alexander F. 166. Stevens, Howard 8. 167. Stiles, Dorah H. 168. Stokes, Frances. 169. Sumner, Paul W 170. Sypnien, Edward G., Slo.. 171. Tabor, Linnie D. 172. Tarpley, Jackson P. 173. Taylor, J. E., ABATUO. 174. Teague, Sheridan H. 175. Teal, 0, W. 176. Thompson, Lionel G. 177. Thompson, Singleton. 178. Torcaso, John Vincent. 179. Turner, R. J.. 180. Tury, John Erven, AMM30. 181. Vick, Fred 8. 182. Walker, Joseph L. 183. Warren, E. D. 184. Warren, W.J. 185. Washburn, Carl Raymond,

ACMM. 186. Washington, Moses. 187. Waters, H. K. 188. Watson, Melvin E. 189. Williams, E. L. 190. Williams, J. H. 191. Williains, W. T. 192. Wilson, Joseph E. 193. Woody, w. C., RE 194. Wright, Bernice 195. Wright, Fred E. 106. Wright, L. W 197. Young, Jake N 198. Zalewski, T.J. 199. Zaharcas, G. 200. Zimmerman, L. J. 201. Lanham, Patrick L., Ensign. 202. Reklinski, Charles I.. 203. Stubbs, James Gordon. 204. Tewksbury, Hamilton 205. Tice, Evans Dee...

29. 55
15.00

8. 10
57. 35
95. 00
178. 55

20. 75 448, 50 26. 85 10.00 100.00 103. 00 36. 25 13. 95 142.00 67.95 19.00 35.00

7.80 106. 25 35. 75 50.00 30.00 134.00

52. 06 348.50 124, 90

7. 25 126.00

15.00 115.00 33. 45 90.00 57.00 42. 65 101.35 30. 10

50.00 148.00

19.00 350.00

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113.00

9.60 65.00 77.00 35.00 120.00

90. 50 100.00 414 00

89.00 109.00

71.00 129.90 275 00 24.75 59.00

3. 6. 70 18. 15 36 46. 50

Claims of insurance companies

Assured

Insurer

Amount

$945. 00 131. 50 185. 5$ 125. 65 6245 53.00 175.00 763.00

1. Adkinson, R. B.

State Farm Insurance Co. 2. Anderson, George M.

State Farm Mutual Auto Insurance Co. 3. Ashe, E. N.

Firemen's Insuance Co... 4. Baldwin, F. E.

Carolina Insurance Co. 5. Boush Street Amusement Corporation... Indemnity Insurance Co. of North America. 6. Bullock, E. W

Hardware Mutual Casualty Co. 7. Collins, M. E.

State Auto Insurance Association. 8. Crumpler, G. C.

Interstate Insurance Co.. 9. Elliott, L. T.

Travelers Insurance Co... 10. Gomez, E.

Government Employees Insurance Co. 11. James, W. J.

.do.. 12. Mills, L. A

Home Insurance Co. 13. Minor, P. M

Government Employees Insurance Co.. 14. Rosinger, L. B. 15. Thompson, W. G.

United Services Auto Association. 16. Washburn, C. R.

Government Employees Insurance Co..

291. 50 143. (10 190.00 610.00 11555 370. 10 807.00

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FEBRUARY 22, 1945.—Committed to the Committee of the Whole House and

ordered to be printed

Mr. GRANAHAN, from the Committee on Claims, submitted the

following

REPORT

[To accompany H. R. 1347)

The Committee on Claims, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 1347) for the relief of Lee Graham, having considered the same, report favorably thereon without amendment and recommend that the bill do pass.

The purpose of the proposed legislation is to pay the sum of $1,170 to Lee Graham, of Elizabeth City, N. C., in full settlement of all claims against the United States for personal injuries sustained as the result of a collision between the bicycle he was riding and a United States Navy truck in Elizabeth City, N. C., on July 23, 1943.

STATEMENT OF FACTS

It appears that on July 23, 1943, two enlisted men of the Navy were ordered by their superior officer to transfer a load of salvaged lumber by Navy truck to Elizabeth City, N. C., and to return to the air station after delivery. The men left the station, and the salvage officer estimated that 3 hours would be required for the performance of the assigned duty. After unloading the truck and having their midday meal at Elizabeth City, both men drank a sufficient amount of liquor to render them unfit for duty. The truck was being driven on South Road Street, Elizabeth City, at a speed of about 25 miles per hour, when it collided with a bicycle operated by Lee Graham.

As a result of the collision Mr. Graham was violently thrown against the rear wheel of the truck, sustaining a contusion on the rear of his head and severe hip bruises. The driver of the Navy truck was arrested and convicted for reckless driving and driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor.

The Navy Department recommends the enactment of this bill in view of the fact that Mr. Graham has lost much time from his work

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