Captain Richard H. Jackson, American Naval Representative in Paris, to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters
Cablegram Received June 01205 <June 5, 1917.>
Origin Amnavpar, Paris.
2103. Your 2443. My 2083 is an indirect answer. American destroyers are always assisting in New York, N.Y. and Verdon convoy. From June 5th French draw from other sources 2 escorting vessels thus regularly assigned to convoy to release 2 American destroyers. French say very difficult to guarantee number of escorting vessels for convoy, as they are trying to escort 60,000 of troops from Dakar, and are meeting situation as it arises. Have again asked for direct reply. Order to release 2 American destroyers from this New York and Verdon goes into effect June 5, and 2 vessels from other duty now are added to detail. 01405. 2103.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B