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

The tide of war in Europe begins to turn ─ on the ground and in the Mediterranean Sea.

 

24 June 1918. Captain Richard H. Jackson, United States Staff Representative in Paris, to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters. The tide of war on the ground in Europe begins to change.  

 

25 June 1918. Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to Rear Admiral Albert P. Niblack, Commander, Patrol Squadron Based on Gibraltar. The Mediterranean is a dangerous place; here’s what will be done to make it less so.

 

26 June 1918. Captain Joel R. Poinsett Pringle, Chief of Staff, Destroyer Flotilla, to Commanding Officers, Destroyer Flotilla. How we fight the U-boat is constantly evolving—here’s proof.

 

27 June 1918. Commander Rufus F. Zogbaum Jr., Commander, USS Stevens, to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters. An assessment of the U.S. war effort.

 

28 June 1918. Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to Rear Admiral Joseph Strauss, Commander, Mine Force, Atlantic Fleet. How dare you criticize the British naval high command!

 

29 June 1918. Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to Admiral William S. Benson, Chief of Naval Operations. Gee, aren’t I wonderful?   

 

30 June 1918. Captain Richard H. Leigh, Commander, United States Submarine Chaser Base, Corfu, to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters. Sub-chasers in operation and claiming a kill.

 

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.