The Ambassador in France (Herrick) to the Secretary of State

No. 5720

Sir: With reference to my despatch No. 5701 of November 10, 1925, I have the honor to transmit herewith the original and translation of an article which appeared in Le Temps of today’s issue.

I have [etc.]

Myron T. Herrick

Article Reprinted From “Le Temps” of November 14, 1925

The Dissolution of the Riffian Squadron

The Riffian squadron has been dissolved. The officers who composed it are returning to France. This squadron was made the object of the [Page 613] following appreciative citation, signed by Marshal Petain, with reference to the brilliant services rendered by these volunteers on the Moroccan front:

“The squadron, brilliantly commanded by Colonel Sweeney and solidly composed of Colonel Kerwood, Majors Pollock and Sussan, Captains Holden, Butts, Mussain, Weller, McGibeney, Sparks, Rockwell and Bullen, and Lieutenants Cousins, Bennington, Jibeney and Day, desirous of devoting themselves to the cause of France, came to Morocco in a fine gesture of enthusiasm and solidarity with their comrades of the Great War.

“This unit, remarkable for the abnegation and the high moral value of its members, daily executed difficult missions and distant liaisons, and flights of reconnaissance and bombardment, accomplishing in six weeks more than 350 war missions and releasing more than forty tons of projectiles.”