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COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS
CLARENCE CANNON, Missouri, Chairman CLIFTON A. WOODRUM, Virginia JOHN TABER, New York LOUIS LUDLOW, Indiana
RICHARD B. WIGGLESWORTH, Massachusetts MALCOLM C. TARVER, Georgia
WILLIAM P. LAMBERTSON, Kansas
D. LANE POWERS, New Jersey
ALBERT E. CARTER, California
EVERETT M, DIRKSEN, Illinois JOE STARNES, Alabama
ALBERT J. ENGEL, Michigan JOHN H.‘KERR, North Carolina
KARL STEFAN, Nebraska GEORGE H. MAHON, Texas
FRANCIS H. CASE, South Dakota HARRY R. SHEPPARD, California FRANK B. KEEFE, Wisconsin BUTLER B. HARE, South Carolina NOBLE J. JOHNSON, Indiana ALBERT THOMAS, Texas
ROBERT F. JONES, Ohio JOE HENDRICKS, Florida
BEN F. JENSEN, Iowa MICHAEL J. KIRWIN, Ohio
H. CARL ANDERSEN, Minnesota JOHN M, COFFEE, Washington
HENRY C. DWORSHAK, Idaho
WALTER C. PLOESER, Missouri
MARCELLUS C. SHEILD, Clerk
SUBCOMMITTEE ON WAR DEPARTMENT
J. BUELL SNYDER, Pennsylvania, Chairman JOE STARNES, Alabama
D. LANE POWERS, New Jersey JOHN H. KERR, North Carolina
ALBERT J. ENGEL, Michigan GEORGE H. MAHON, Texas
FRANCIS H. CASE, South Dakota
MILITARY ESTABLISHMENT APPROPRIATION BILL
HEARINGS CONDUCTED BY THE SUBCOMMITTEE, MESSRS, J. BUELL
SNYDER (CHAIRMAN), JOE STARNES, JOHN H. KERR, GEORGE H. MAHON, D. LANE POWERS, ALBERT J. ENGEL, AND FRANCIS CASE, OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, IN CHARGE OF THE WAR DEPARTMENT APPROPRIATION BILL FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 1944, ON THE DAYS FOLLOWING, NAMELY:
WEDNESDAY, MAY 26, 1943.
COMMENCEMENT OF HEARINGS ON 1944 ESTIMATES
Mr. SNYDER. I have called the committee together this morning to begin inquiry into the 1944 military budget, the estimates for which were not received until last Thursday, May 20. They call for a prodigious amount of money, but I think all of us rather were expecting that they would.
THE LATE HONORABLE JOHN F. DOCKWEILER
At the outset, I wish the hearings to record that since we last met a former beloved colleague passed into the Great Beyond. I refer to the Honorable John F. Dockweiler, who, while he was a member of this subcommittee, took a leading part in building up the defenses of Hawaii and the west coast. He was a strong national defense advocate. We have lost a genuine friend and the Nation has lost a great public servant.
Mr. Powers. Mr. Chairman, there is very little that could be added to your very appropriate and fitting tribute to Mr. Dockweiler. Every member of the committee, I am sure, concurs with you that we have sustained a real loss in the death of Mr. Dockweiler, and that the Nation as a whole has sustained a great loss.
Mr. SNYDER. Gentlemen of the committee, General McNarney, the Deputy Chief of Staff, has pulled himself away from his onerous duties this morning to launch us upon our hearings. We shall be glad to hear from you at this time, General, but first I might say that we are privileged to have with us Mr. Cannon, chairman of the Committee on Appropriations, and Mr. Taber, thé senior minority member of the committee. General, you may proceed.