60 STAT.] 79TH CONG. , 2D SESS.-CH. 502 -JUNE 26, 1946 [CHAPTER 502] AN ACT To amend the Act entitled "An Act for the creation of an American Battle Monu- ments Commission to erect suitable memorials commemorating the services of the American soldier in Europe, and for other purposes", approved March 4, 1923, as amended, in order to extend the Commission's authority to all areas in which our armed forces have operated during World War II, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Act of March 4, 1923, as amended, entitled "An Act for the creation of an American Battle Monuments Commission to erect suitable memorials commemorating the services of the American soldier in Europe, and for other purposes", is hereby amended to read as follows: "That the Commission, known as the American Battle Monuments Commission (hereinafter referred to as the Commission), shall con- sist of not more than eleven members who shall be appointed by the President, who shall also appoint one officer of the Regular Army to serve as its secretary. The members and secretary shall serve at the pleasure of the President who shall fill any vacancies that from time to time occur. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, commissioned officers of the armed forces of the United States may be appointed members of the Commission. "The members of the Commission shall serve without compensation except that their actual expenses in connection with the work of the Commission may be paid from any funds appropriated for the pur- poses of this Act, or acquired by other means hereinafter authorized. "Upon the request of the Commission, the heads of the Federal departments or agencies are authorized to designate such personnel of their respective departments or agencies, or of the Army, Navy, or Marine Corps, as the case may be, as may be necessary to assist in carrying out the purposes of this Act, and the Commission is authorized to employ such further personnel as may be necessary to carry out the purposes of this Act, within the limits of any appropriation or appropriations made for such purposes. "SEc. 2 . That the Commission shall prepare plans and estimates for the erection of suitable memorials to mark and commemorate the services of the American armed forces and shall erect and maintain memorials in the United States and at such places outside the United States where the American armed forces have served or shall here- after serve as the Commission shall determine. The Commission shall also erect and maintain works of architecture and art in such American cemeteries located outside of the United States, its Terri- tories and possessions, as the Secretary of War shall declare to be permanent cemeteries. "The Commission shall control as to materials and design, provide regulations for, and supervise the erection of, all memorial monu- ments and buildings in American cemeteries located outside of the United States and its Territories and possessions. "The Commission shall control as to materials and design and provide regulations for the erection of all memorial monuments and buildings commemorating the services of the American armed forces erected in any foreign country or political division thereof which may authorize the Commission to perform such functions, or upon federally owned or controlled property in the United States or in its Territories and possessions, except national cemeteries. "SEC. 3. That before any design or material for memorials is accepted by the Commission, the same shall be approved by the National Commission of Fine Arts. 317 June 26, 1946 [H. R . 6393] [Public Law 456] American Battle Monuments Commis- sion. 42 Stat. 1509. 36U.S.C.§§121, 123-132 , 138 . Composition. Compensation and expenses. Personnel. Memorials. Works of architec- ttire and art. Materials and de- sign, regulations, etc. Approval of Na- tional Commission of Fine Arts.