Naval History and Heritage Command

Naval History and Heritage Command

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, NHHC 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

 

The joys (and headaches) of peace.

 

11 November 1918. Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels to All United States Naval Forces. Daniels is thrilled with the Armistice: It’s the greatest event since 1776!

 

12 November 1918. Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to Anne Hitchcock Sims. Sims is even more thrilled with the Armistice: It’s the greatest event in 2,000 years!

 

13 November 1918. General Bulletin No. 15. Everybody is thrilled with the Armistice.

 

14 November 1918. Office of the Chief of Naval Operations to Admiral William S. Benson, Chief of Naval Operations. And now they have to get everyone home...without bringing influenza with them.

 

15 November 1918. Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to Brigadier General William Wallace Atterbury, Director-General of Transportation, American Expeditionary Forces. Sims weighs in on demobilization planning.

 

16 November 1918. Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to Admiral William S. Benson, Chief of Naval Operations. Figuring out what to do with the German fleet.

 

17 November 1918. Secretary of State Robert Lansing to German Government. The German government is not thrilled with the Armistice.

 

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.