Naval History and Heritage Command

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

Chronological Copy.                     File No.

Cablegram Received  June <7, 1918.> 06488    REM.

Origin Opnav, Washington (Bunav).1     Ser. No. 6952

S-1 8 June.

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6952. Your 8814.2  Legislation now pending permitting our personnel to wear decorations our allies. Until such legislation is enacted our personnel cannot accept such decorations but you are authorized to accept same for such personnel and hold in your custody until action on legislation is completed. Not authoritatively given by War Department to accept such decorations.  o9407.    6952.

Benson.                 

Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.

Footnote 1: Bureau of Navigation.

Footnote 2: Document referred to has not been found. On 9 July 1918, Congress approved 40 Stat. L. 872, permitting American servicemen to receive foreign decorations.

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