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The Chargé in Nicaragua ( Hanna ) to the Secretary of State

176. Department’s 91, June 20, 5 p.m. President Moncada intends to start the road building program with the least possible delay and has asked me to request that three American Government engineers be detailed for service in that connection. He has also requested General Williams2 to cooperate with the services of qualified members of his command. I have conferred with General Williams and he believes that three officers of the civil engineer corps of the Navy should be attached to the Brigade staff or the Guardia Nacional to take charge of this work and says that officers qualified to assist them can be detailed from Marine personnel now in Nicaragua. I concur.

  1. Brigadier General Dion Williams, U. S. M. C., Commander of the Second Brigade.