Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to Admiral William S. Benson, Chief of Naval Operations
Subject Copy. File No.
Cablegram Sent May 4, 1918. MJK
To Opnav Washington. Serial No. 7414
Prep. by C 1 SX D.R.
7414. Destroyers based on Brest now meet New York east coast 9-1/2 knot mercantile convoys at destroyer rendezvous and divert all ships bound for French Atlantic ports direct to destinations. As the number of ships diverted averages 12 to 15 most of them U.S. Storeships, it is desirable that this part of convoy have a Vice-Commodore who has no other duties. Information is requested as to whether Department can provide about 5 Vice-Commodores for this duty to be officers of regular Navy or reserve. 00204. 7414
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.