The Secretary of the Navy (Forrestal) to the Acting Secretary of State

My Dear Mr. Secretary: Referring to your letter of April 9, I have been informed by Commander Naval Forces, Western Pacific, that Nationalist authorities were to be notified on April 14 of our intentions to abandon the ammunition dumps at HsinHo and at airfield Peiping. He estimated that the Nationalist troops could assume responsibilities for guarding this ammunition by April 21.

Sincerely yours,