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Memorandum by the Assistant Chief of the Division of Far Eastern Affairs (Adams)68

Reference Mr. Brandt’s attached memorandum of September 869 in regard to possible withdrawal of Americans, including marines, from China covering further memoranda on the same subject.

There is offered for consideration the suggestion that FE be authorized to discuss the matter orally with Captain Schuirmann of the Navy Department70 and to suggest to him that the Navy not make any definite plans in regard to which information might become public at present, but that the Navy Department keep in mind the question of affording Navy transport accommodations for American civilians in China prior to or at the time of the execution of any decision to withdraw the American Marines ashore in China.

  1. Initialed by the Chief of the Division (Hamilton) and the Secretary of State.
  2. Not printed; George L. Brandt was Chief of the Special Division.
  3. Assistant in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations.