394.115 Panay/388a: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Japan (Grew)

81. Your 679, December 24, 8 p.m.80 I. N. S. despatch from Tokyo dated March 4 states “Navy Minister Yonai today exonerated the Japanese officers involved in the Yangtze River bombing and sinking of the United States gunboat Panay”.

Please endeavor to ascertain and report the basis of this report.