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Naval History and Heritage Command

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

January <28, 1918,> 07489 WHK     

Opnav Washington (Secnav)                    Serial No. 2521

B-1  Jan 29

C-1   do1

     24 B

     Simsadus

2521.     Average stay in port of debarkation of last ten transports that have returned was 19 days. Average loss of time is 2 weeks per transports. Department desires that you have this matter investigated at earliest possible moment. Take such steps and make such recommendations as will reduce this delay to lowest practicable minimum. Urgent. 11028.

Benson.       

Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. Document reference: “11-5-15”; and in columnar fashion: “3/0/J.”

Footnote 1: The “do” means ditto so presumably the communications division of Sims’ staff acted on this cable on 29 January. Copies of this were sent to the British Admiralty.

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