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September 22, 1945


JAMA. 1945;129(4):290. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860380048017

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Washington Letter  (From a Special Correspondent)Sept. 17, 1945.

General Hawley Named Veterans Surgeon General  In his reorganization of the Veterans Administration along army lines, with thirteen branch offices set up in districts roughly comparable to Army Service Commands, Gen. Omar N. Bradley has named Major Gen. Paul R. Hawley as the agency's acting Surgeon General. Dr. Charles M. Griffith, medical director, becomes an assistant to General Hawley. The Medical Branch has also been raised to independent status.A. D. Hiller, formerly executive assistant to the administrator, also will assist General Hawley in handling administrative affairs. General Bradley has appointed Col. Eldon L. Bailey, recently released from the Army, to be his executive assistant, with duties to be roughly those of a chief of staff. Decentralization is effected through creation of the thirteen branches, which will supervise the work of fifty-three existing offices and about one hundred hospitals, formerly run

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