The Chargé in Liberia (Wharton) to the Secretary of State
[Received March 6—10:57 p.m.]
56. From McBride. Department’s 35, March 5, 7 p.m. Plans on military force noted and am sure will be very satisfactory.
Realize fully demands on our transportation but urgently request that [at] least 2 officers and 16 armed men be sent at once by air, even if only 1 or 2 persons on each incoming plane. Colonel Phillip Kemp of Ferrying Command was here yesterday from Accra and strongly concurs in this request as does Wharton and Liberian Government. This defense nucleus could at least prevent field from being taken and held by a handful of enemy forces.[Page 366]
Our planes are arriving and there are actually no men to guard planes or field to prevent a hostile plane from landing.
Furthermore, on basis Department’s 25, February 24, 9 p.m.,13 Barclay was informed small nucleus would be sent and he is awaiting it anxiously. Upon arrival he desires to take action on German subjects here who are a growing danger.
Referring to larger force, it is hoped that the squadron of planes may be sent with the construction force. In this respect Colonel Kemp feels detachment of light bombers, if available, could serve admirably for defense purposes and also for anti-submarine activity. [McBride.]
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