800.014 Antarctic/307: Telegram

The Ambassador in Argentina (Armour) to the Secretary of State

251. Embassy has received a note from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs requesting on behalf of the Ministry of Marine whether it would be possible to have two Argentine naval officers attached to Admiral Byrd’s Polar expedition. The Under Secretary for Foreign Affairs who first took up this matter orally with me, explained that the Argentine Government has been interested in developing its meteorological service and that such an opportunity would be of considerable value to them in this connection.

I said to the Under Secretary that our information indicated that Admiral Byrd had already sailed from Panama, but he replied that he understood the expedition would touch in Chile on the way south and if this request were favorably acted upon, the officers could join the ship at some Chilean or South American port.