093.112/659a: Telegram

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

491. Personal for the Ambassador. We do not yet have a definite and final solution of the decorations problem insofar as the military is concerned, although, as it now stands, battlefield decorations may be permitted but officers engaged in supply operations, such as lend lease, [Page 836] would not be permitted to accept. Additional information will follow as soon as possible on that aspect of the problem.

As to civilian officials of the Government, there is a statute84 Which definitely precludes acceptance unless authorized by Act of Congress.

  1. Approved January 31, 1881; 21 Stat. 604.