89 Message From Truman to Menzies
Message, 28 May, 1951
I have received your message of May 15th concerning the question of additional ground forces for Korea, in which you outlined the considerations which in the opinion of your Government, would make it difficult for you to double the Australian contribution to the United Nations ground forces without impairing your training program and your capacity to assist as planned in the defence of the Middle East. I can assure you that we are fully mindful and appreciative of the fine contribution which Australia has made in Korea from the very beginning of hostilities. Furthermore, I am aware of the energetic steps which you are taking recognizing world dangers, to build up the military strength of Australia through your national service training plan and other defence measures.
Nevertheless I would again stress the great importance which we attach to increasing the contributions of other United Nations members to the United Nations forces resisting aggression in Korea. It is important that we make a maximum effort to end the aggression while persisting in our effort to avoid the spread of hostilities beyond Korea. Needless to say, the latter development would seriously threaten the security of the Pacific.
I shall reply to you further on this matter as soon as there has been an opportunity for your message to be considered by the appropriate officials of the Government.