J. C. S. Files
Memorandum by the United States
Chiefs of Staff1
C. C. S. 679/9
Employment of Captured Enemy Ocean-Going Passenger Shipping and British Troopship Employment in U. S. Trans-Atlantic Programs in the First Half of 1946
The United States Chiefs of Staff agree with the provisions of C. C. S. 679/82 except for the date of 31 December 1945 given in paragraph 5 as terminating the use by the United States of the six of the seven captured German ships destined for the Pacific.
After moving these ships great distances to the Pacific we shall be fortunate to obtain one trip from them before the 31 December date. By then our deployment will not have ended and the main operation will yet have to be undertaken. It would be uneconomical to remove this shipping from the Pacific after just one run. When ships may be withdrawn from the Pacific, less adaptable shipping such as the converted Victory ships should be first transferred back to the Atlantic. The lift of these ships of course will be included in the proposed review of personnel shipping to be completed by mid-September.
Accordingly, the United States Chiefs of Staff recommend that paragraphs 5 and 6 of C. C. S. 679/8 be modified as indicated in the Enclosure.