Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations
Chronological Copy. File No. <27-4-4>
Cablegram Sent July 24, 1918 AHT
To Opnav Washington. Serial No 1649
Prep CS NCT D.R.
1649 It is recommended that the Department make public the fact that the United States is participating in the mine laying operations on the Northern Barrage. Inquiry addressed to the Naval Attache, Christiania as to public opinion with respect to this mine laying has been answered as follows:
First: Mining operations regarded as legitimate act of war and were not commented on by press.
Second: Desirable to give all possible prominence to any American war activities as American motives are not mistrusted and respect for the country would be increased by greater knowledge of its activities in the war.
Admiralty concurs as to desirability of public announcement of United States participation. 05124. 1049.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.