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Lt. Jack Robinson - 25 August 1944 Retirement-Request

Lt. Jack Robinson was court-martialed on two charges during August of 1944.  After he was found "not guilty," on both, he asked to be relieved of active-duty responsibilities.

This image depicts the actual letter which Robinson sent to the Adjutant General.  Click on the image for a better view.

Hereafter is the text of his letter:

HEADQUATERS
659TH Tank Destroyer Battalion
North Camp Hood, Texas

25 August 1944

SUBJECT: Orders.

TO: Adjutant General Washington, D.C.

1. Request information of Adjutant Generals Office upon recommendation of Army Retiring Board of McCloskey General Hospital, Temple, Texas concerning Lt. JACK ROBINSON, 2nd Lt, Cav. 659th Tank Destroyer Battalion, North Camp Hood, Texas.

2. I appeared before the board 21 July 1944 and was recommended for permanent limited duty and am now with the 659th Tank Destroyer Battalion, North Camp Hood, Texas pending orders from your office.  In checking with the Special Service Branch I was told there were no openings for Colored Officers in that field.  I request to be retired from the services and be placed on reserve as I feel I can be of more service to the government doing defense work rather then being on limited duty with an outfit that is already better than 100 % over strength in officers.

3. Would appreciate immediate action in regards to action taken by War Department in regards to recommendation of Army Retiring Board and of my request.
 
Jack R. Robinson
JACK R. ROBINSON
2nd Lt. Cav.

Lt. Robinson's request was granted in October of 1944.

 


Media Credits

Image of document online, courtesy U.S. National Archives.

 

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