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


January 4,1918.   

Commander-in-Chief Asiatic.


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.


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.