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RG 156 - Office of Chief of Ordnance, Memoranda and Reports - Birmingham Ordnance District

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Memoranda and Reports, 1945-1948National Archives Identifier 7130307
This series consists of formerly classified memoranda, reports, correspondence and plans of the Birmingham Ordnance District. Records in this series concern subjects related to contract investigations and terminations, production of the 75 millimeter high explosive shell, the Ordnance Department Guided Missiles Program, intelligence, personnel, the War Department Affiliation Plan, industrial mobilization planning, and small arms incendiary ammunition. Also included in this series is a report of a fraud investigation regarding Higgins Industries.

        Box 1

        Statistical Summary Series Report No. 5

        ▪ Production of 75 MM High Explosive Shell


        Army Ordnance Department Guided Missiles Program, 1948


        Folder 1: Secret Documents, 1946-1948

        ▪ Disposition of Subversive and Disaffected Personnel

        ▪ List of plants in Louisiana that held Ordnance Contracts during WWII

        ▪ Divisions of Ordnance Branch

        ▪ Classification Map of Aerial Photography of Third Army Area

        ▪ List of Vital Installations

        ▪ Assignments of Enlisted Personnel

        ▪ Declassification Letters

        ▪ Requirement for Personal History and Experience for those working on certain projects


        Folder 2: Contracts (General) 1948

        ▪ Full List of Contractors who are suspended and being investigated for fraud against the government

        ▪ Activities of the General Accounting Office


        Folder 3: Termination of Contracts, 1946-1947

        ▪ Digest of Meeting Held at the Pentagon, 16 Dec 1946

        -Held to discuss matters pertaining to Contract Settlement Program

        ▪ Suspension of Contract Settlement Negotiations of select companies (July 1946)

        ▪ Chart on the Status of Terminations Authorized

        ▪ Chart on Dollar Value of Termination Effected


        Folder 4: Contracts (General), 1946-1947

        ▪ List of Contractors being investigated for suspected fraud

        ▪ Index of Contract Price Changes

        ▪ Contract Record of War Contractors in Liquidation

        ▪ Handling of Fair Labor Standards Act

        Investigation of Higgins Industry fraud against the government—United States v. Higgins

        ▪ Procedures to be followed in connection with fraud cases


        Folder 5: Personnel, 1947

        ▪ Survey of Critical Personnel


        Folder 6: Secret and Confidential, 1946-1948

        ▪ Contractors Suspended

        ▪ Release from suspension

        ▪ Officers or enlisted men who are suspended or have been dishonorably discharged

        ▪ Working hours of enlisted personnel

        ▪ Release of Data on scientific personnel

        ▪ Supplemental Declassification Letter

        ▪ Subcommittee on Rocket Material

        -Long range rocket and launcher equipment

        ▪ Artillery Ammunition


        Folder 7: Confidential 1947

        ▪ Classification of Reports on Personnel

        ▪ Counterintelligence Complaint Investigative Reports

        ▪ Classification and censorship of information concerning cover and deception by the US or its Allies


        Folder 8: Report of Classified Contracts, 1947-1948

        ▪ Negative—no classified contracts