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of the Department that he should not be called upon to bear the expense of replacing such effects. The attached proposed bill has therefore been prepared for his relief and its enactment is recommended.
The letter of the Acting Secretary of the Treasury is appended hereto and made a part of this report, as follows:
Washington, May 18, 1940. The PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE.
SIR: There is transmitted herewith a draft of a proposed bill to provide for the reimbursement of Philip A. Penston, pharmacist's mate, first class, United States Coast Guard, for the value of personal and household effects lost and destroyed during the hurricane of September 21, 1938, at New London, Conn.
Philip A. Penston's personal and household effects were destroyed while in the custody of the J. F. Sullivan Storage Co., New London, Conn., where they had been removed for packing and crating under a Coast Guard contract prior to shipment to Miami, Fla., his new permanent station. Mr. Penston was being transferred under orders from Coast Guard headquarters dated August 29, 1938, to duty aboard the cutter Mojave at Miami.
Mr. Penston carried no insurance on his personal or household effects and the insurance companies with whom the storage company carried liability insurance have refused settlement on the ground that the loss or damage incurred was the result of an act of God.
A Board of investigation convened by Coast Guard Headquarters to review Mr. Penston's claim found the amount of such claim, $1,267, to be a reasonable and just estimate of the value of his effects at the time of loss.
Since Mr. Penston was acting under orders, and pursuant to such orders had delivered his property into the custody of the Department's contractor for transportation and had no control over them at the time of their loss, it is the opinion of the Department that he should not be called upon to bear the expense of replacing such effects. The attached proposed bill has therefore been prepared for his relief and its enactment is recommended.
It will be appreciated if you will lay the attached bill before the Senate. A similar bill has been transmitted to the Speaker of the House of Representatives. Very truly yours,
HERBERT E. GASTON, Acting Secretary of the Treasury.
JUNE 5 (legislative day, May 28), 1940.—Ordered to be printed
Mr. Hughes, from the Committee on Claims, submitted the following
[To accompany H. R. 3964)
The Committee on Claims, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 3964) for the relief of H. S. Wayman, having considered the same, report favorably thereon with the recommendation that the bill do pass without amendment.
The facts are fully set forth in House Report No. 2226, Seventy-sixth Congress, third session, which is appended hereto and made a part of this report.
8. Rept. No. 2226, 76th Cong., 3d sess.)
The Committee on Claims, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 3964) for the relief of H. S. Wayman, having considered the same, report favorably thereon with amendments and recommend that the bill, as amended, do pass.
The amendments are as follows:
Line 6, strike out the sign and figures “$348.05” and insert in lieu thereof “$347.75".
At the end of the bill add: “: 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.”
The purpose of the proposed legislation is to pay to H. S. Wayman, of Oak Grove, Mo., the sum of $347.75. Such sum represents the actual amount of expenses incurred by the said H. S. Wayman in connection with the hospitalization of his son, Donald S. Wayman, aviation machinist's mate third class, United States Navy, at the Research Hospital, Kansas City, Mo., from July 21, to July 28 1937.
STATEMENT OF FACTS
According to the records of the Navy Department, Donald S. Wayman, aviation machinist's mate third class, while attached to the Fleet Air Detachment, Squadron VS-42, Naval Air Station, San Diego, Calif., was granted leave of absence for the period July 2 to August 1, 1937.
On July 18 Donald Wayman was taken ill, at Oak Grove, Mo. Mr. H. S. Wayman, father of the seaman, contacted the local naval recruiting station and the medical officer of the station and immediately attempted to have Wayman admitted to the hospital of the nearby army post at Fort Leavenworth. Wayman was suffering from a peculiarly contagious disease, poliomyelitis (inflammation and wasting of the gray matter of the spinal cord), and permission was not granted for him to enter the Army hospital until July 29. On July 21 Donald Wayman was taken to the Research Hospital, Kansas City, Mo., for treatment under the care of civilian physicians, at which hospital he remained until July 29 when he was admitted to the Army hospital. He is still being hospitalized as a patient of the Veterans' Administration, and presumably will be permanently and totally incapacitated.
In having his son receive treatment through other than Government facilities, Mr. H. S. Wayman incurred expenses in the amount of $347.75, computed as follows: Research Hospital.
$90. 75 Dr. Carl R. Ferris.
100. 00 Dr. C. L. Francisco.
10. 00 Nursing services.-
347. 75 A claim for this amount was submitted to the General Accounting Office, but this was disallowed because “enlisted men of the Navy are not entitled to civilian medical and hospital treatment while on leave of absence.”
However, as stated in the Navy Department's report, "it appears that every reasonable effort was made to get him into a Federal hospital by the boy's father." The Navy Department recommends enactment of the proposed legislation.
In view of the above circumstances, it is the opinion of your committee that Mr. Wayman should be reimbursed in the amount of $347.75, and append hereto the report of the Navy Department and other pertinent evidence.
Washington, June 21, 1939. The CHAIRMAN, COMMITTEE ON Claims,
House of Representatives, Washington, D. C. MY DEAR MR. CHAIRMAN: The bill H. R. 3964, for the relief of H. S. Wayman, was referred to the Navy Department by your committee with a request for an opinion as to its merits.
The purpose of the proposed legislation is to pay to H. S. Wayman, Oak Grove, Mo., $348.05. The bill sets forth that this sum represents the actual amount of expenses incurred by H. S. Wayman in connection with the hospitalization of his son, Donald S. Wayman, at the Research Hospital, Kansas City, Mo., from July 21, 1937, to July 28, 1937, both dates inclusive.
The bill contains the further statement that the said Donald S. Wayman, aviation machinist's mate third class, United States Navy, was taken ill while on leave of absence, but was not granted admission to United States Army Hospital, at Fort Leavenworth, Kans., until July 29, 1937.
The records of the Navy Department show that Donald S. Wayman, aviation machinist's mate third class, while attached to the Fleet Air Detachment, Squadron VS-42, Naval Air Station, San Diego, Calif., was granted leave of absence for the period July 2 to August 1, 1937. On the 18th of July he was taken ill, presumably at Oak Grove, Mo., and on July 21 was admitted to Research Hospital, Kansas City, Mo., for treatment under the care of civilian physicians. The patient was first seen by the medical officer of the Navy Recruiting Station, Kansas City, Mo., at 3 p. m. on July 21, who stated that he tendered his services, but not being a member of the staff of the hospital, they were not accepted.
The officer in charge of the Navy recruiting station stated that on July 21, 1937, he called the Army hospital at Fort Leavenworth, requesting admission of Wayman, permission for which was first given and then refused. Admission to the Army hospital was finally effected on July 29, 1937.
The personnel of the Navy and Marine Corps generally are instructed that, when they go on leave and become ill or are injured, they should apply to the nearest naval post or station, if practicable, or to the nearest Government medical facility for necessary treatment. In this case contact was made by the father
of the enlisted man with the local naval recruiting station, and the medical officer of the station immediately attempted to have Wayman admitted to the hospital of the nearby Army post at Fort Leavenworth.
As above stated, Wayman was on leave of absence and, under existing law and regulations, expenses incurred for civilian medical and hospital treatment could not be defrayed by the Navy Department. However, it appears that every reasonable effort was made to get him into a Federal hospital by the boy's father and the recruiting and medical officers at Kansas City, supported by a dispatch from Wayman's commanding officer to the effect that his leave was canceled and that he was placed in a duty status; also by dispatch from the Navy Department authorizing his admission to the Army hospital, as well as a similar dispatch from the Surgeon General of the Army to the same effect.
Wayman was suffering from a peculiarly contagious disease (poliomyelitis) which necessitated his continuous hospitalization while in the Navy from the date he was taken ill (July 21, 1937) to the date of his discharge by medical survey on January 24, 1939, after which he was and still is hospitalized as a patient of the Veterans' Administration. Presumably he will be permanently and totally incapacitated.
The services referred to in the bill H. R. 3964 consisted of professional and hospital treatment as follows: Research Hospital.
$90. 75 Dr. Carl R. Ferris.
100. 00 Dr. C. L. Francisco.
10. 00 H. S. Wayman (reimbursement for money expenses for nursing services)-- 147.00
347. 75 Claims covering the above-mentioned items were submitted to the General Accounting Office and in reply that Office under date of March 22, 1938, stated in each case as follows:
"Enlisted men of the Navy are not entitled to civilian medical and hospital treatment while on leave of absence. Government medical and hospital treatment was available for this man at his duty station and having placed himself beyond the reach of that service, there is no authority whereby reimbursement may be made from public funds as claimed.
"I therefore certify that no balance is found due you from the United States."
The bill H. R. 3964, if enacted into law, would cost the Government $348.05. It would appear, however, that the total of the items referred to is $347.75. It is recommended therefore that the bill be amended in line 6 by deleting the figures "$348.05” and substituting “$347.75.”
In view of the circumstances above set forth the Navy Department recommends enactment of the bill H. R. 3964, if amended as above suggested. Sincerely yours,
WILLIAM D. LEAHY, Acting.
Kansas City, Mo., March 29, 1938. To Donald S. Wayman, in account with Research Hospital: 8 days, at $6, room (July 21 to July 29, 1937).
5. 00 Drugs.
8. 50 Special nurse's board.
18. 75 Dressing-room service.
10. 00 Telegrame, telephones.
:30 Extras (paper towels).
91. 05 91. 05
Kansas City, Mo., March 31, 1938. Mr. H. S. WAYMAN,
Oak Grove, Mo. To professional services rendered Donald Wayman: Consultation with Dr. Ferris and application of plaster casts, $10. Received payment March 31, 1938.
C. L. FRANCISCO, M. D.
MARCH 31, 1938. Mr. H. S. Wayman, Oak Grove, Mo., in account with Drs. Knappenberger and
Ferris: Hospital treatment-services rendered Mr. Don Wayman, from July 21 to 29, 1937, $100. Paid March 31, 1938.
Dr. C. R. FERRIS.
LEAVE ORDERS OF D. 8. WAYMAN, VS SQUADRON 4-B
JUNE 30, 1937. To D. S. WAYMAN, AMM3c, United States Navy:
You are hereby granted 30 days leave of absence commencing 0800 (Friday) July 2, 1937, and expring at 0800 (Sunday) August 1, 1937.
Make due allowance for irregular schedule of railroads. Keep in communication with your telegraphic address. Report aboard this vessel wherever it may be. Notify the commanding officer of this vessel of any change of address.
This ship will probably be at NAS, FAD, San Diego, Calif.
If you are taken sick or injured you will immediately report all the circumstances directly to the nearest naval hospital or naval medical officer. If neither of the above is available, the disease or injury should be reported immediately to the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Navy Department, Washington, D. C., forwarding a copy of report to the commanding officer of this ship. Mail address, Oak Grove, Mo., care of Donald Wayman.
R. W. D. Woods, Lieutenant, United States Navy, Executive Officer.
Oak GROVE, Mo., September 15, 1937. UNITED STATES NAVY DEPARTMENT,
Washington, D. C. GENTLEMEN: Enclosed find hospital bills totaling $348.05 incurred at Research Hospital, Kansas City, for the hospitalization of H. S. Wayman, A. M. M. 3c, Squadron VS-42, San Diego, Calif. The claim is being made by H. S. Wayman, father of D. S. Wayman.
I borrowed the money and paid the nurses, bills amounting to $147. The other bills have not been paid.
I feel that this is a just claim, because this civilian hospital bill was incurred entirely due to the fact that the station hospital at Fort Leavenworth, Kans., refused to admit D. S. Wayman and did not admit him until 8 days after I had notified the Navy Department at Kansas City of Donald's illness and the Navy Department had requested his admittance to Fort Leavenworth.
The station hospital at Fort Leavenworth is 30 miles from Kansas City, and both the Navy and civilian doctors said it was safe to transfer Donald so far as his condition was concerned.
I am writing this letter not in a spirit of criticism of the station hospital but rather as a statement of facts. Both the Navy Department at Kansas City and the medical department at Fort Leavenworth have been very courteous and considerate in their dealings with me. Respectfully,
H. S. WAYMAN.
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE,
Washington, D. C., March 22, 1938. H. S. WAYMAN,
Oak Grove, Mo. SIR: Your claim No. 0725114 for reimbursement of amounts expended for nursing services during the month of July 1937 in the case of your son, Donald S. Wayman, aviation machinist's mate third class, United States Navy, has been carefully examined, and it is found that no part thereof may be allowed for the reasons hereinafter stated.