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

 

Demobilization decision.

 

18 November 1918. Rear Admiral Samuel S. Robison, Commander, Submarine Force, to Captain Nathan C. Twining, Chief of Staff to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters. Taking possession of German ships and submarines.

 

19 November 1918. David R. Francis, United States Ambassador to Russia, to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters. Francis advises on what to do about Russia.

 

20 November 1918. Captain William V. Pratt, Assistant Chief of Naval Operations, to Admiral William S. Benson, Chief of Naval Operations. Pratt weighs in on demobilization planning.

 

21 November 1918. Admiral William S. Benson, Chief of Naval Operations, to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters. Who is going to pay for demobilization?

 

22 November 1918. Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels to Admiral William S. Benson, Chief of Naval Operations, and Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters. Daniels weighs in on demobilization planning.

 

23 November 1918. Admiral William S. Benson, Chief of Naval Operations, to Captain William V. Pratt, Assistant Chief of Naval Operations. Benson tells Pratt to stop weighing in on demobilization planning.

 

24 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. Demobilizing naval railway batteries.

 

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.