The Ambassador in Brazil ( Berle ) to the Secretary of State
[Received December 4—4:43 p.m.]
3603. Now that Kidd59 is here with full authority to liquidate surplus, Dept. may wish to inquire about status of U.S. naval operating base in Rio. It was left here nominally to complete “rollup” program, that is liquidate odds and ends. It has here more than 50 officers and 200 enlisted men and good many of officers seem not to have anything to do. Possibly discreet inquiry of Navy as to their policy in this regard would be useful in getting it brought to logical proportion.
- Philip C. Kidd, Field Commissioner for Latin America, Office of Foreign Liquidation Commission, Department of State.↩