857.9243/11–2345: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Norway ( Osborne )

557. With reference to Dept’s 490, Nov 23, you are requested to address a note to FonMin informing him that in accordance with the exchange of notes of Oct–Nov 1943 and Apr 1944, this Govt plans to withdraw in the very near future the American Naval personnel on Jan Mayen Island.

You may add orally for Lie’s confidential information that weather and ice conditions permitting, the withdrawal will take place on or about Jan 15, 1946.84 You should also ascertain the name of the Norwegian official authorized by the Norwegian Govt to negotiate the transfer of buildings and installations on the Island.

  1. The American radio direction station on Jan Mayen Island was closed and the station with equipment was taken over by the Norwegian garrison on February 15, 1946. American personnel left the island by ship several days later.