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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

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CABLEGRAM RECEIVED  July: <23, 1918.> 10023  JFL.

Origin Opnav Washington.                      Ser. No. 8898.

Ref’d to:     Date

   C-1        23 July.

     33 ADR.            S E C R E T.


8898. Army schedule for supplies July will fall far short unless section ships for French Bay of Biscay sail with H N Convoy July 28th.1 About 15 vessels loading for that date and will be sailed with that convoy unless you advise that it is impossible provide destroyer escort.2 After that convoy loading and supply schedules are made to meet revised sailing dates as given in our 8546.3 01023. 8898.


Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. The handwritten date is confirmed by the time/date stamp at the end of the text. Identifier in top right-hand corner in columnar fashion: “3/C/H.”

Footnote 1: “HN” convoys were store ship convoys from New York to France.

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