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COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS

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JOHN TABER, New York, Chair man RICHARD B. WIGGLESWORTH, Massachusetts CLARENCE CANNON, Missouri CHARLES A. PLUMLEY, Vermont

LOUIS LUDLOW, Indiana EVERETT M. DIRKSEN, Illinois

JOHN H. KERR, North Carolina ALBERT J. ENGEL, Michigan

GEORGE H. MAHON, Texas KARL STEFAN, Nebraska

HARRY R. SHEPPARD, California FRANCIS CASE, South Dakota

ALBERT THOMAS, Texas FRANK B. KEEFE, Wisconsin

JOE HENDRICKS, Florida NOBLE J. JOHNSON, Indiana

MICHAEL J. KIRWAN, Ohio BEN F. JENSEN, Iowa

W. F. NORRELL, Arkansas H. CARL ANDERSEN, Minnesota

ALBERT GORE, Tennessee WALTER C. PLOESER, Missouri

JAMIE L, WHITTEN, Mississippi HARVE TIBBOTT, Pennsylvania

GEORGE W. ANDREWS, Alabama WALT HORAN, Washington

JOHN J. ROONEY, New York GORDON CANFIELD, New Jersey

J. VAUGHAN GARY, Virginia GEORGE B. SCHWABE, Oklahoma

JOE B. BATES, Kentucky IVOR D. FENTON, Pennsylvania

THOMAS J. O'BRIEN, Illinois RALPH E. CHURCH, Illinois

JOHN E. FOGARTY, Rhode Island P. W. GRIFFITHS, Ohio

HENRY M.JACKSON, Washington LOWELL STOCKMAN, Oregon JOHN PHILLIPS, California ERRETT P. SCRIVNER, Kansas CHARLES R. ROBERTSON, North Dakota FREDERIC R. COUDERT, JR., New York CLIFF CLEVENGER, Ohio

GEORGE Y. HARVEY, Clerk

SUBCOMMITTEE ON DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY

ALBERT J. ENGEL, Michigan, Chair man FRANCIS CASE, South Dakota

JOHN H, KERR, North Carolina HARVE TIBBOTT, Pennsylvania

GEORGE H. MAHON, texas
ERRETT P. SCRIVNER, Kansas

W. F. NORRELL, Arkansas
ROBERT E. LAMBERT, Erecutive Secretary to Subcrmmittee

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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

CIVIL FUNCTIONS, DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY

APPROPRIATION BILL FOR 1949

HEARINGS CONDUCTED BY THE SUBCOMMITTEE, MESSRS. ALBERT
J. ENGEL (CHAIRMAN), FRANCIS CASE, HARVE TIBBOTT, ERRETT
P. SCRIVNER, JOHN H. KERR, GEORGE H. MAHON, AND W. F.
NORRELL, OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS, HOUSE
OF REPRESENTATIVES, IN CHARGE OF THE DEPARTMENT OF
THE ARMY CIVIL FUNCTIONS APPROPRIATIONS BILL FOR THE
FISCAL YEAR 1949, ON THE DAYS FOLLOWING, NAMELY:

MONDAY, JANUARY 12, 1948.

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GENERAL STATEMENT

General LARKIN. Mr. Chairman, the submission of the estimate cover the requirements of the civil functions of the Quartermast General for the fiscal year 1949 is in two sections. The first secti represents the funds needed for the operation and maintenance national cemeteries and includes the estimated cost of the establis ment of a national cemetery on the island of Guam. The seco section concerns the funds required to continue the work of t evacuation and return of World War II deceased through the fise

year 1949.

OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE OF NATIONAL CEMETERIES

The estimate for the appropriation, “Cemeterial expenses, Depa ment of the Army,” for fiscal year 1949 amounts to $7,077,355. TI estimate is divided into four major projects as follows: (1) Procui ment of headstones, $2,997,888; (2) construction, $2,344,467; ! utilities, service, and maintenance of buildings and grounds, $835,00 (4) operating expenses, $900,000. Compared to the estimate for fisi year 1948, the requirements for fiscal year 1949 reflect an increase $2,886,968.

Additional headstone requirements and an increase in price approximately $3.50 per headstone amount to $1,338,921. An i crease of $180,048 is due to transportation costs of the addition headstones, increased freight rates, and additional travel of headsto inspectors.

There is an increase of $1,160,027 in the construction project, which $815,402 is for the establishment of a new cemetery in Gua The construction of this cemetery is essential in order to provide final resting place for approximately 9,500 remains from the Pac area. A total of approximately 83,000 remains have been recovei in the Pacific area and, at the request of the next of kin, 48,400 : to be returned to the United States and the remainder of 34,600 : to be buried overseas. In order to provide sufficient burial space a to reduce transportation costs, it has been decided that those rema ing overseas will be interred at Guam, Hawaii, and in the Philipp Islands. The site selected at Guam has been approved by the Arn Navy, and Air Force authorities.

An increase of $344,625 is required for special projects of ferred maintenance which are essential in continuing the long-rar programs for the maintenance of various national cemeteries.

An increase of $213,461 in utilities, service, maintenance, a operating expenses is due to increases in prevailing wage rates and increased prices for fuels and utilities. In addition, the incre: in size of the majority of cemeteries makes necessary the hire 22 additional personnel to meet the over-all expansion. Cemeti occupancy has expanded from 386,831 grave sites on June 30, 19. to 451.989 grave sites occupied on December 31, 1947, with an ant ipated occupancy of approximately 500,000 sites by June 30, 19. Thus, it will be noted that the interments during the 18 mont period subsequent to December 31 amounted to 75 percent of 1 interments for the 7 years prior to that date.

There is no provision in this section of the estimate for the evaci tion and return of World War II deceased from overseas.

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