Wilberforce, Ohio, April 20, 1918.
From: Chas. Young, Col. U.S. Army, retd.
To: The Hon. The Secretary of War.
Subject: Asking for work.
1. I beg to call 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 active
service during the period of the war."
2. Not the findings of the Surgeons, but these proceedings
of the Board with its 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 service in Mexico with Gen. Pershing,
I, therefore, 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. Besides I have an abiding conviction
that in the present need of the country for higher officers who
know the trade of war that I cannot honorably take advantage of a
technicality or an error and thus escape my plain duty.
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.