093.612/36: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Ambassador in the Soviet Union ( Harriman )

315. Personal for the Ambassador from the Acting Secretary. Policy relative to matter of decorations requires broad clarification [Page 830] by this Government from a military as well as a civilian standpoint. This will require discussions with the President and it might be another week or two before a definite statement of policy can be sent to you. However, initial reaction from War Department is that they are opposed to permitting officers to accept decorations from countries which receive Lend-Lease materials if such officers are connected with Lend-Lease transactions, but this should not be taken as final.