Diary of Commander Joseph K. Taussig, Commander, U.S.S. Wadsworth
Oct 5 
Received signal for commanding officers to report on board the Melville at nine thirty a.m. On arrival there found Admiral Sims, Capt. Pringle, Price, Daniels, Bryant, Wygant, Neal, M.S. Davis, Blakely, Russell, Giffen, and Knox. I was made senior member of a board composed of destroyer Captains present to present a plan for the forming and training of
numerous crews for the numerous destroyers that are being built at home. The board sat until four p.m., stopping about ¾ of an hour for a stand up luncheon which was served in the Melville’s cabin.
The gist of our report is that the first necessity is to maintain the destroyers actually operating in the war zone, in the highest state of efficiency. This could be done and at the same time provide nucleus crews of trained officers and men for the new destroyers, provided the Department would immediately send here ten officers of suitable rank to command destroyers, 75 lieuts (.j.g) and Ensigns, and 1500 enlisted men of various ratings which we specified. As soon as these officers and men arrived we could send to the states for each new destroyer as required - a captain, one other officer, and 25 men - mostly petty officers
This seems to me a good practicable plan and I hope it will be adopted. It will give us who have been over here a long time a chance to go home and see our families for a couple of months - and at the same time give officers and men who want to get in the war zone a chance to do so right away.
Spent the evening on board ship.
Source Note: D, RNW, Joseph K. Taussig Papers, Mss. Coll. 97. Naval Historical Collection.