Department of the Army Files: Telegram

No. 1303
The Acting Chairman of the Interim Committee 1 ( Harrison ) to the Secretary of War ( Stimson )
top secret

War 32887. For Colonel Kyle’s Eyes Only from Harrison for Mr. Stimson.

Operated on this morning. Diagnosis not yet complete but results seem satisfactory and already exceed expectations. Local press release necessary as interest extends great distance. Dr. Groves pleased. He returns tomorrow. I will keep you posted.2

  1. Concerning the establishment and membership of this Committee, of which Stimson was Chairman, see Stimson and Bundy, On Active Service in Peace and War, p. 616.
  2. Stimson’s diary entry for July 16 concludes: “… At 7:30 PM Harrison’s first message concerning the test of the S–1 bomb arrived and I took it at once to the President’s house and showed it to Truman and Byrnes who of course were greatly interested, although the information was still in very general terms.” Concerning a further discussion of the message between Stimson and Byrnes, see document No. 1236, footnote 6.