Wilberforce, Ohio, April 19, 1918.
From: Chas. Young, Col. U.S. Army, retd.
To: The Hon. The Secretary of War.
Subject: Asking for work.
1. I beg to cal the personal attention of the Secretary of
War to the recommendation of the Examining Board in my case, now in
the office of the Adjt. General, and which was to the effect that the
"finding of the Medical Officers be waived in my case and that I
should be advanced to my next grade and be retained in the service
during the period of the war."
2. Not the findings of the Surgeons, but these proceedings
of the Board with it's recommendations (unanimous), I understand
were/approved by the Secretary of War; but that through an error
the words "active duty" were used instead of "active service", which
brought/about my retirement.
3. Despite the diagnosis of the Doctors, I feel as physically
fit as I did during the hard work in Mexico [word "service" written in pencil above Mexico] with Gen. Pershing. I there-
fore, deem it my duty to my Country to inform the Secretary of War
that I believe myself wholly able to assume the work of organization
training and leading troops in the field.
To help in the Country's service is my sole motive
in making this direct request.
4. Giving me this chance will but be in line with the National
reputation of the Secretary of War for unfailing fairness in deal-
ing with all men, and I submit, will in no small way enhance the
enthusiasm of the Colored people throughout the United States for
the tremendous war task in which we are engaged.
Besides I have an abiding conviction that in the present
need of the country for higher officers who [crossed out word "have"] know the
trade of war that I [crossed out "h"] can not honorably take advantage
of a technicality or an error and thus escape my plain