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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


CABLEGRAM RECEIVED   March <8, 1918> 07109.  ROC

Origin Opnav Washington                        Serial No. 3641

Ref’d to  Date                    Action, Notes and Initials

R-1     9 March           Answered by Cable March 9,1918 N.1

     21 ADR                                               C.A.


3641. Your 4550.2 Principle involved and change recommended approved except as follows, Department believes it would be bad policy to withdraw any artisans from British Army to furnish additional dock-yard labor needed as it would be a more efficient arrangement of total <f>ighting and working force for us to furnish labor ourselves from our non-drafted untrained fighting men. 19008.


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

Footnote 1: For Sims’ reply, see: Sims to Opnav, 8 March 1918.

Footnote 2: See: Sims to Opnav, 1 March 1918.

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