Texas Attorney General Opinion: O-4438 Page: 2 of 10
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Hon. Coke Stevenson, page 2
"For a long time the military authorities at
Camp Bowie have desired to authorize the sale of 3.2
beer by the Army Post Exchanges at that station.
They are convinced that the supervised controlled
sale of beer within the camp is directly related to
the maintenance of morale and the general welfare of
the command. It is also believed that by providing
places where the soldiers may lawfully procure and
drink 3.2 beer within the camp and under the control
of military authorities the temptation to obtain it
and intoxicating liquors against the laws of the local
community would be materially decreased. More men
would remain in camp. The suggested arrangement would
therefore be of material assistance and benefit, not-
only to the military authorities but also to the state,
county and city officials charged with the responsibil-
ity for the enforcement of the local prohibition laws.
After careful consideration of the matter I now desire
to authorize the sale of 3.2 beer at the post exchanges
at Camp Bowie and, whenever the situation seems to
justify it, at other camps, posts or stations located
in dr y-localities in Texas.
"For your information I inclose herewith copy of
an opinion by The Judge Advnchte General of the Army,
which I understand has been approved by the Secretary
of War, relative to a'similar situation in Louisiana.
"In view of the foregoing I think it clear that the
views expressed in the inclosed opinion of The Judge Ad-
vocate General and followed by the Governor of Louisiana
apply, with the result that there should now be no serious
question about my authority to authorize the sale of beer
at Camp Bowie. I am, however, unwilling to do so at the
risk of disturbing the pleasant and entirely satisfactory
relations now existing between the military and civil au-
thorities in this state. Neither would I unnecessarily
offend the sensibilities of a local community.
"Under these circumstances I am following the proced-
ure which was successfully pursued in the State of Louisi-
ana under a similar situation. I submit to you my views
on the subject, supported by the inclosed opinion of The
Judge Advocate General of the Army, in the hope that you
may be able to advise me that you concur in the position
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Texas. Attorney-General's Office. Texas Attorney General Opinion: O-4438, text, 1942; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth261687/m1/2/: accessed November 16, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.