300.1115/8–1545: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in China (Hurley)

1260. Dept. informed by Navy Dept that Naval forces operating in southern China report recovery of American CIs13 and/or POWs14 recently abandoned by Jap occupation forces. Obtain from Am mil auth names of Am CIs now or later liberated and telegraph names to Dept.

In view current developments alert Consuls to necessity of obtaining and transmitting info about liberated Am nationals. Invite Consuls’ attention to Foreign Service Serial No. 353, April 17, 1945,15 providing for emergency financial assistance loans to destitute Am nationals.

  1. Civilian Internees.
  2. Prisoners of War.
  3. Circular Instruction to American Diplomtic and Consular Officers, “Emergency Financial Assistance Loans to Destitute American Nationals in Foreign Countries for Subsistence and Repatriation”.