138. Telegram From the Commander in Chief, Atlantic (Dennison) to the Chief of Naval Operations (Burke)0

190701Z. Exclusive for Admiral Burke from Dennison.

Your 190137Z.1
My 190627Z.2
See Ref B to CTG 81.8 info JCS.
Evacuation of wounded is completely out of the question without overt involvement of US forces. Furthermore, I know of no haven in [Page 289] some place “inaccessible to news hawks.” Evacuation either by day or night is a fantastically unrealistic project unless I am permitted to put sufficient force ashore, with air and gunfire support from the sea, to provide a beach head. Alternative would be for CEF ships to bring wounded from beach to sea.
  1. Source: Naval Historical Center, Area Files, Bumpy Road Materials. Top Secret.
  2. Document 133.
  3. Document 137.