390.1115/9–2645: Telegram

The Chargé in China (Robertson) to the Secretary of State

1663. Army headquarters here states that China Theater, in coordination with the Commanding General, U.S. Forces, Pacific,35 is arranging for the evacuation by sea of U. S. nationals who desire repatriation; although final details have not been completed, plans call [Page 1397] for evacuation through Tsingtao, Tangku and Shanghai, internees from other camps will be moved to the ports by the most feasible methods of transportation, the Shanghai base command will be prepared to receive internees for shipment after October 5 (ReDeptel 1494, September 18[19]).

Army here states evacuation program is under direction Colonel William Mayer, SOS (Services of Supply), who recently moved from Kunming to Shanghai. Embassy is requesting Consul General Josselyn, Shanghai, to contact Colonel Mayer and report further information to Department and Manila.

  1. General Douglas MacArthur.