893.00/5–2448: Telegram

The Chief of Naval Operations ( Denfeld ) to the Commander of the United States Naval Forces, Western Pacific ( Badger )14

122227Z. Your 030045 and 100835.15 Whole problem of presence our forces in Tsingtao being forwarded to SecDefense16 recommending reference to SecState. Pending further instructions JCS17 approve your general course of action a if situation requires.

  1. Copy transmitted to the Department by the Navy Department on May 13.
  2. Latter not printed.
  3. James Forrestal.
  4. Joint Chiefs of Staff.