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10 U.S. Code § 8912 - Accounts of paymasters of lost or captured naval vessels

When settling the account of a paymaster of a lost or captured naval vessel, the Comptroller General in settling money accounts, and the Secretary of the Navy in settling property accounts, shall credit the account of the paymaster for the amount of provisions, clothing, small stores, and money for which the paymaster is charged that the Comptroller General or Secretary believes was lost inevitably because of the loss or capture. The paymaster is then free of liability for the provisions, clothing, small stores, and money.

(Added Pub. L. 97–258, § 2(b)(12)(B), Sept. 13, 1982, 96 Stat. 1057, § 7861; amended Pub. L. 97–295, § 1(51)(C), Oct. 12, 1982, 96 Stat. 1300; renumbered § 7862, Pub. L. 99–433, title V, § 514(b)(1), Oct. 1, 1986, 100 Stat. 1054; renumbered § 8912, Pub. L. 115–232, div. A, title VIII, § 807(d)(12), Aug. 13, 2018, 132 Stat. 1837.)

Historical and Revision Notes

Revised section

Source (U.S. Code)

Source (Statutes at Large)


31:44 (1st sentence).

June 10, 1921, ch. 18, § 304 (1st par. 1st sentence), 42 Stat. 24.


R.S. § 284; Feb. 18, 1875, ch. 80, § 1 (4th complete par. on p. 317), 18 Stat. 317.

The word “naval” is substituted for “belonging to the Navy of the United States” to eliminate unnecessary words. The words “Secretary of the Navy” are substituted for “Paymaster General of the Navy” because of section 1 of the Act of March 29, 1894 (ch. 49, 28 Stat. 47), and 10:5061. The words “the account of the paymaster” are substituted for “him” for clarity. The words “such portion of the”, “on their books”, and “of a public vessel” are omitted as surplus. The words “free of” are substituted for “fully exonerated by such credit from all” to eliminate unnecessary words. The words “so proved to have been captured or lost” are omitted as surplus.

Prior Provisions

A prior section 8912, act Aug. 10, 1956, ch. 1041, 70A Stat. 549, permitted Secretary of Air Force, upon officer’s request, to retire an Air Force nurse, or a woman medical specialist, of Regular Air Force, who has at least 20 years of service computed under former section 8928 of this title, prior to repeal by Pub. L. 85–155, title IV, § 401(1), Aug. 21, 1957, 71 Stat. 390.

Editorial Notes

2018—Pub. L. 115–232 renumbered section 7862 of this title as this section.

1986—Pub. L. 99–433 renumbered section 7861 of this title as this section.

1982—Pub. L. 97–295 substituted “naval” for “public” in section catchline.

Statutory Notes and Related Subsidiaries
Effective Date of 2018 Amendment

Amendment by Pub. L. 115–232 effective Feb. 1, 2019, with provision for the coordination of amendments and special rule for certain redesignations, see section 800 of Pub. L. 115–232, set out as a note preceding section 3001 of this title.