740.0011 E.W./2–2045: Telegram

The Ambassador in Uruguay ( Dawson ) to the Secretary of State

140. With President’s approval Minister of Public Health44 informs me that as contribution to war effort Uruguay would be glad to supply medical mission composed of surgeons to serve wherever needed with US and British forces. Minister said his approach was merely informal and exploratory but that if our Government’s reaction is favorable offer will be submitted formally.45 I understand that for present British are not being approached. Early reply requested.

  1. Luis Mattiauda.
  2. Telegram 111, March 9, 1945, 8 p.m., to Montevideo, stated that “Army and Navy find it impracticable to assimilate proposed mission into our Armed Forces notwithstanding earnest desire to do so.” (740.0011 EW/3–245) Consideration was given by the United States Public Health Service to the possibility of using the proposed mission in civilian work, but apparently nothing further was done.