WASHINGTON (Jun. 8)
Seven American naval officers left today by plane for Palestine to serve as military observers assisting U.N, mediator Count Folke Bernadotte in wording out the Arab-Jewish truce, it was announced today by the State Department.
Another 14 officers, representing the U.S. Army and the Air Force, will be assigned to the same mission from the European theatre, the announcement added. The arrangement follows a request from the U.N. mediator, received through the American consul in Jerusalem, that the U.S. Government assign 21 military officers as aides to Bernadotte. Similar requests have also been addressed to the governments of France and Belgium.
It was indicated here today that the United States will oppose the demand made yesterday at the U.N. by Soviet delegate Andrei Gromyko that the U.S.S.R. also he invited to send military observers to Palestine. It was predicted that the U.S. delegation at Lake Success will insist that the U.N. team of military observers be restricted to officers from the United States, France and Belgium.
The seven U.S. naval officers who left today are: Capt. Solomon D. Willingham, Portland, Oregon; Lt. Vladimir L. Rychly, Cicero, Illinois; Commander Carson Hawkins, Reno, Nevada; Commander Harold D. Huxley, San Francisco, California; Major Regan Fuller, Washington, D.C.; Major Roy D. Miller, Cincinnati, Ohio; and Capt. Daniel T, Eddy, Honolulu.