Naval History and Heritage Command

Naval History and Heritage Command

Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, to Rear Admiral Austin M. Knight, Commander, United States Asiatic Fleet

OPERATIONS

January 4,1918.   

Commander-in-Chief Asiatic.

Translation1

Box.      American consul Vladivostok reports conditions extremely grave period.2 Proceed immediately Yokohama Japan on visit of courtesy period. Further instructions will reach you there.-20004.

Opnav.       

Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. Identifying numbers at top: “op-22-M” and “ON-352.”

Footnote 1: “Translation” means that the message had been coded and had then been decoded or translated.

Footnote 2: The American consul at Vladivostok was John K. Caldwell. For more on the situation there, see: Diary of Josephus Daniels, 2 January 1917. As seen in a note at that document, a visit to Yokohama was to put the American fleet in position to intervene at Vladivostok if deemed necessary.

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