Captain Hutchinson I. Cone, United States Staff Representative, Paris, France, to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters
Chronological Copy File No. <31/7/5>
Cablegram Sent February 22 1918
To Opnav Washington (Bunav) [additional notes unreadable] LEX
Prep. by S1 SX D.R.
4284.-Following from Cone. QUOTE Urgent. Immediately needed following: commanding officers, six for sea-plane stations, two for dirigible stations, five for kite balloon stations. If aviators not available request non-aviators. Prefer non-aviators of prompt judgment and proved executive ability to aviator without it. Commanding Officers must be <a>ssigned now and urgent that officers suitable for this purpose be sent here rather than make it necessary to put inexperienced officers in command of operating stations. UNQUOTE. Recommend approval. Please inform me probable date officers can be supplied. 21222.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.