Office of the Chief of Naval Operations to Commandants of Naval Districts
July 7th, 1918.
COMMANDANTS FIRST TO EIGHTH NAVAL DISTRICTS INCLUSIVE,
BOX: Indications are that one<,> possibly two<,> enemy submarines approaching the coast period Take necessary precautions and warn shipping period In warning shipping be very careful that it is done confidentially and in such a way as no to create any unnecessary confusion or excitement. COMMANDANTS FIRST TO EIGHTH NAVAL DISTRICTS INCLUSIVE 10007.
1. The commandants in order are: RAdm. Spencer D. Wood, Commo. James P. Parker, RAdm. Nathanial R. Usher, Capt. George F. Cooper, RAdm. Augustus F. Fechteler, RAdm. Frank E. Beatty, Cmdr. Warren J. Terhune, Commo. Valentine S. Nelson|
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. Document reference: “Op-19-H” and “OF-4283.” Handwritten note in the lower left corner states: “This dispatch is not based on any definite information but merely on certain deductions made as the other side. C in C will be furnished with any definite information as more is received S.A.”