Official World War II Notice to all Merchant Marine
Personnel regarding Diaries
Notice posted on the SS John A. Dix
TO ALL MERCHANT MARINE PERSONNEL ABOARD
The writing of PERSONAL DIARIES, or of any narrative or communication chronicling the movements of this or of any other vessel is PROHIBITED AS A BREACH OF SECURITY for the reason that in the event of an attack in which the enemy boarded your ship, information available in such diaries or letters might endanger other ships or convoys. Moreover, such material might fall into the hands of persons aboard or ashore who would disclose or misuse it. For similar reasons it is likewise not permissible for any of the ship's personnel to carry LETTERS OR PAPERS FOR OTHER PERSONS to be mailed either in this country or abroad. All such matter found in possession of ship's personnel upon arrival in the United States will be detained and MAY BE SEIZED BY U. S. CUSTOMS and the possessor's name referred to interested NAVAL AUTHORITIES. The persons involved, moreover, may be subject to the SEVERE PENALTIES provided for under the TRADING WITH THE ENEMY ACT.
SIGNED Llewellyn Roberts
SS John A. Dix