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Admiral William S. Benson, Chief of Naval Operations, to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters

File No. 31/3/1   

CABLEGRAM     RECEIVED

January <8, 1918> 02009 FHA 

Origin    Opnav, Washington (secnav)

Ser. No. 2049

Ref’d. to            Jan 9

          21  D

Simsadus

     2049. Your 26691  Department fully appreciates feeling indicated by First Lord2 and realizes the good result to be obtained but fear knowledge of such action might create unfortunate feeling on part of other Allies and thereby weaken strong sense of cooperation now existing between all concerned. 14008

Benson.

Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. The date is handwritten and appears to have been added later.

Footnote 1: See: Sims to Benson, 4 January 1917. As seen therein, it concerned Sims’ joining the British Admiralty Board as an honorary member.

Footnote 2: First Lord of the Admiralty Sir Eric Geddes.

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