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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

MDH                            Copy

     Bumed D1

OPERATIONS

May 18, 1918.

SIMSADUS LONDON

OPNAV 6193

ABLE SEVEN DOG NON TWO FOX

Your 80852 After consultation with Secretary3 and Chief Operations, hospital should be either transferred entirely to Navy and manned by Navy personnel and be known as US Naval Hospital London or it should be conducted as American Red Cross Hospital and receive Naval Patients as any other Civilian Hospital period Divided responsibility not considered advisable4 13018 6183

BENSON             

Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. Identifier “OL 6193” appears on the right side of the page.

Footnote 1: The Bureau of Medicine and Surgery.

Footnote 2: This document has not been found.

Footnote 3: Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels.

Footnote 4: For a summary of hospitals admitting U.S. naval personnel, see: Twining to Daniels, 21 May 1918.

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