89. Telegram From the Chief of Naval Operations (Burke) to the Commander in Chief, United States Naval Forces, Eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean (Holloway)1
170545Z. Lebanon situation deteriorating. State has received dispatch2 from American Ambassador Beirut request from Chamoun for assistance.[Page 145]
Keep 2 DD within 25 miles but over horizon and out of sight from Beirut. These 2 DD be prepared enter Beirut harbor and land small landing force to evacuate American citizens or furnish assistance when requested by American Ambassador by radio direct to destroyers.
Beirut dispatch and State’s reply on the way.