Starting with the anniversary of the United States' entry into the war on 6 April 2017, through the anniversary of Armistice Day on 11 November 2018, the Naval History and Heritage Command will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Navy’s experiences in World War I. Throughout the commemoration, the Naval History and Heritage Command will feature documents that will allow you to see the war through the eyes of the participants. In addition to these highlights, you can learn more by exploring additional resources from the command.

 

Featured Documents

 

Featuring spies, sub chasers, and the destroyer USS Reid.

 

8 July 1918. Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to Rear Admiral Henry B. Wilson, Commander, United States Naval Forces in France. Are spies responsible for U-boat successes?

 

9 July 1918. Captain Lyman A. Cotten, Commander, United States Naval Forces Based at Plymouth, to Captain Arthur J. Hepburn, Commander, United States Submarine Chaser Base, New London, Connecticut. U.S. sub chasers begin operations.

 

10 July 1918.  Bureau of Ordnance, to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters. We can’t yet produce enough depth charges, but don’t borrow them from the British—here’s why.

 

11 July 1918. Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels. A long and thoughtful general report that addresses a number of issues.

 

12 July 1918. Edward N. Hurley, Chairman, United States Shipping Board, to Raymond B. Stevens, Vice-Chairman, United States Shipping Board and United States Representative, Allied Maritime Transport Council. Food shipments to Italy?

 

13 July 1918. Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters to the Bureau of Navigation. Debunking the “spies are responsible for U-boats success” theory.

 

14 July 1918. Rear Admiral Henry M. Wilson, Commander, United States Naval Forces in France, to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters. On the bravery displayed by crew of USS Reid (Destroyer No. 21).

 

Learn More

Click the links below to access additional Naval History and Heritage Command resources on the Great War including photo and art collections, archival material, and publications.