Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

Stimson Memorandum to Truman Regarding
Need for Statement to be Released Upon
Use of Atomic Bomb and Truman's Response

Memorandum No. WAR 41011, dated July 30, 1945

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HQ U S FORCES EUROPEAN THEATER

STAFF MESSAGE CONTROL
INCOMING TOP SECRET MESSAGE

TOP SECRET

U R G E N T

FROM :   AGWAR Washington

TO       :   Tripartite Conference Babelsberg, Germany

NO      :   WAR 41011

30 July 1945.

To the President from the Secretary of War.

The time schedule on Groves' project is pro-
gressing so rapidly that it is now essential that
statement for release by you be available not later
than Wednesday, 1 August. I have revised draft of
statement, which I previously presented to you, in
light of

(A) Your recent ultimatum

(B) Dramatic results of test and

(C) Certain minor suggestions made by British
of which Byrnes is aware.

While I am planning to start a copy by special courier tomorrow in the hope you can be reached, nevertheless in the event he does not reach you in time, I will appreciate having your authority to have White House release statement as soon as necessary.

Sorry circumstances seem to require this emer-
gency action.

ACTION :    Gen. Vaughan

VICTORY-IN-733 (31 July 1945) 302217Z ghb

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Copy No. 1

THE MAKING OF AN EXACT COPY OF THIS MESSAGE IS FORBIDDEN

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