From: Lieutenant Lafayette Ronald HUBBARD, D-V(S), USNR, (113392).
To: Commander, Fleet Operational Training Command, Pacific.
Subject: Fitness Report – statement regarding.
(a) Fitness report of 29 May 1943 to 7 July 1943.
(b) Record and findings of Board of Investigation convened on board the PC 815 on 30 June 1943.
(c) COTCPac ltr. P13, serial 0487, of 15 July 1943.
1. A statement regarding reference (a) is respectfully submitted.
2. Any explanation of action referred to in reference (a) is contained in reference (b), to wit: first, the existence of tacit permission to conduct non-scheduled firing; second, the appearance the area bore to a firing area; third, the absence of orders regarding such actions; fourth, the establishment or the fact that other naval vessels had previously so anchored without thought of reprimand.
3. Regarding reference (c) I have the deepest respect for orders.
4. The condition of my ship played no part in my loss of command. My relief had nothing but praise for her condition, materiel and personnel. My men cooperated eagerly in creating a good ship and, as any of my crew would testify, were intensely loyal to me. Since my detachment I have received individual requests from nearly all my former crew to be asked for and allowed to serve under me again.
5. That I was ill with a streptococci throat and dull from sulpha-thiazole on the date of the incident in reference (b), (subsequently spending three months in the hospital under treatment), in no way mitigates the seriousness of the offense, but may serve to explain in part an apparent lapse of judgment.
6. It is my hope that the future may add to my record, evidence of my sincerity in wishing to serve well my service and my country.
L. RON HUBBARD.
Authorized to appear at own expense to Sr.Mbr., Phys.Eval.Bd., 3rd NavDist, for physical evaluation.
“The board, having deliberated on the evidence before it, decided that Lieutenant Lafayette R. Hubbard, U. S. Naval Reserve, (113392), is suffering from ulcer, duodenal, inactive, but that this condition does not constitute a physical disability of such character as to incapacitate him for duty on the active list.”
Subject: Lieutenant LaFayette R. Hubbard USNR, (Inactive), request that he be admitted for study and report.
R. M. GREFFEN
Rear Admiral, USN
In view of the above, it is my opinion that the proceedings of the Naval Medical Survey Review Board in this case are not legal; accordingly, it is recommended that the proceedings, opinion, and recommendation thereof be disapproved.
The fact that these proceedings are invalid does not jeopardize the right of the officer concerned to have his case considered by a legally constituted Naval Medical Survey Review Board and it is further recommended that such a board be directed to consider this case and to advise Lieutenant Hubbard of the time and place of meeting in order that, if he so desires, he may appear in person or be represented by counsel before the board.
(signed E. E. Woods)
Assistant Judge Advocate General of the Navy
The record of proceedings of the Naval Medical Survey Review Board in the case of Lieutenant LaFayette R. Hubbard, U. S. Naval Reserve, was transmitted to the Secretary of the Navy, and by him laid before the President for his approval or disapproval, or orders in the case, with the recommendation that the proceedings, opinion, and recommendation of the board be disapproved.
On 216 FEB 1949 , the President disapproved the proceedings, opinion, and recommendation of the Board in this case.
F. X. Driscoll
For Judge Advocate General of the Navy
4. From a review of the medical record together with the present findings it has been concluded that Lt. Hubbard has an active chronic duodenal ulcer, a mild to moderate conjunctivitis of an allergic type, minimal to moderate osteo-arthritic changes of the dorsal and lumbar spine; and a chronic bursitis of the right shoulder with calcium deposits in or near the tendinous insertion of the supraspinatus muscle. It is considered most likely that these conditions arose while this officer was serving in an active duty status and it is believed that he is unfit for any duty at the present time but that these defects are not necessarily permanent.