Oregon Military Department Records Guide

Record Series Descriptions

Military Court Case Records

89A-012 - Box 17: 1884-1948
90A-023 - Boxes 22-23: 1904-1958
1.5 cubic feet
Arrangement: Chronological by record date

Series documents cases heard in military courts. Courts in this series include courts martial, boards of inquiry, and delinquency courts. Records include charges and specifications, requests for trial, affidavits, correspondence, summons, warrants, and court determinations. Most cases are for failure to attend drills, but some deal with striking enlisted men, drunkenness on duty, falsifying reports, disobedience, desertion, and misappropriation of funds. Other cases include the investigation of an airplane accident (1958), and the proceedings of investigation of disbandment of an infantry battalion (1912).

Two of the more significant cases are that of Major Charles Gjestad (1925) who accused the Adjutant General of misappropriating funds, and charges brought against Brigadier General Thomas Rilea (1945-1948) for misappropriating funds from the Australian Base Command Headquarters.

Some records have been separated to the Photographs and Service Medals records series.

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