The 3rd Lieutenant
The presence of a 3rd lieutenant as a file closer is mentioned in both Hardee's and Casey's, yet this seems to be a rank that was seldom used during the war. What of the 3rd lieutenant? Was this rank abandoned due to manpower shortages? Were there actually 3rd lieutenants that served in large numbers during the war but we fail to mention them? Are there any official records or citations speaking to the role of this estranged rank?
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