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    Franklin D. Roosevelt: Typed Letter Signed as Acting Secretary of the Navy.
    -May 14, 1919. Washington, D.C. One page. 8" x 10.5". Navy Department letterhead.
    -To: Lieutenant Russell S. Bowles, USN, at the Naval Hospital in League Island, PA.
    -Paper slightly toned with two small filing holes at the top edge and very small holes at the bottom edge, with the usual fold creases, signature slightly faded, else very good.

    Regarding Lieutenant Bowles' request to resign from the Navy, FDR writes (in part): "1. The receipt is acknowledged of reference (a), and you are informed that your request for resignation from the Naval Service cannot be accepted at this time. 2. A copy of your application is being filed and will be given early consideration when the demobilization of the Naval Reserve Force is completed."


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    A very interesting and historic item, FDR signature as Acting Secretary of the Navy, May 14, 1919 on Navy Department, Washington letterhead. This official naval document, containing FDR's refusal to allow a Navy officer to retire, is addressed to Lieutenant Russell S. Bowles, U.S.N., Naval Hospital, League Island, Pennsylvania. FDR writes: "Subject: Resignation from Naval Service./ Reference: (a) Your letter April 24, 1919./ (b) M. & S. 3rd End. April 30, 1919-JHR/GA./ 1. The receipt is acknowledged of reference (a), and you are informed that your request for resignation from the Naval Service cannot be accepted at this time./ 2. A copy of your application is being filed and will be given early consideration when the demobilization of the Naval Reserve Force is completed./ Franklin D. Roosevelt/ Acting." FDR refuses to let Lieutenant Bowles retire until demobilization of the United States Naval Reserve Force is completed. An interesting and historic United States Navy item during the latter part of FDR's tenure as Assistant Secretary of the Navy.



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