124.92/54c: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Chargé in Switzerland (Huddle)

328. Since Japanese invasion of Thailand, Department has been unable to communicate with Legation at Bangkok. The Department therefore desires that you request Swiss Government to send the following message by telegraph or radio to the Swiss Honorary Consul at Bangkok23 for transmission if possible to the American Minister there:24 [Page 921]

“In view of recent developments the Department desires that, as soon as you consider that you have done everything feasible in regard to the withdrawal of American citizens from Thailand, you and your staff use any available and practicable means of withdrawing from Thailand. Please keep Department informed if possible of welfare of staff and other Americans. If direct communication impossible, please endeavor to communicate through Swiss Honorary Consul.”

  1. Walter Siegenthaler was Swiss Consul there.
  2. Willys R. Peck.