The American Ambassador in Uruguay (Dawson) to the Uruguayan Minister for Foreign Affairs (Serrato)21

No. 17

Excellency: I desire to refer to certain arrangements entered into with the Minister of National Defense by Vice Admiral Ingram during the latter’s recent visit to Montevideo.

It is my understanding that under these arrangements Admiral Ingram will cooperate with the Uruguayan Government in the construction of a naval air base at Laguna del Sauce by furnishing technical assistance and equipment.

It is also my understanding that the Uruguayan Government will grant free use of the naval air base in question to the planes of the United States Navy during the existence of the present international emergency.

I shall be grateful if Your Excellency will be good enough to confirm my understanding as set forth above.

I avail myself [etc.]

  1. Copy transmitted to the Department in despatch 4053, March 11, 1944, from Montevideo; received March 21.