893.00 Manchuria/8–447: Telegram
The Consul General at Mukden (Ward) to the Secretary of State
[Received August 3—11:30 p.m.]
193. Colonel Barrett, American [Assistant] Military Attaché, interviewed 20 Japs and Koreans taken prisoner battle Ssuping (my telegram 304, July 31,39 item 4) and was told they had joined Communist troops for economic reasons (unemployment, inadequate food, etc.) only, as did other Japs and Koreans who were captured. Also said Communists did not force them enter military service and that they had seen no evidence Soviet aid to Communists in Manchuria.
Sent Nanking 305, repeated Department 193, Changchun 185 and Dairen 80.
- Not found in Department files.↩