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Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels to Rear Admiral William S. Sims


RECEIVED: 8th May, 1917.      TO: Naval Attache       NO. 07307.


     “The French Government has requested and the U.S. Navy Department contemplates the establishment of temporary bases at Bordeaux and at Brest with one line officer, one pay officer and one engineer officer. What is your advice. It is requested that you expedite your reply.”1


Sec. Navy.

NO. OF COPIES.  2.                      REFERENCE NO.

Source Note: C, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517. Someone has written “May 7, 1917,” at the top of this message. This was presumably the day it was composed and sent.

Footnote 1: For background on this request, see: Bernard A. de Blanpré to French General Staff, 6 May 1917. Sims replied the same day. See: Sims to Daniels, 8 May 1917.