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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 <October 11, 1918.> Y-11

Origin Opnav, Washington.              Serial No. 2967.

Ref’d to  Date               Action, Notes and Initials

  AC      Oct 12.             Forwarded to Hough1 via Paris.

                             Rush   Secret.   J.V.B.2

     45 Adr.             CONFIDENTIAL.  See Misc. 1161 to Paris.


2967. Your 6545.3 “As recommended by yourself and Captain Hough you are authorized to offer substitute proposal provided first proposal is refused by Germans. Our policy should agree with British policy as far as possible especially the denial of repatriation for submarine personnel. State Department approves of above policy.” 14011. 2967.


Sent: 11:25 p.m., October 11, 1918.

Recd:  1:15 a.m., October 12, 1918.

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

Footnote 1: Capt. Henry H. Hough, District Commander, Brest.

Footnote 2: Cmdr. John V. Babcock, Sims’ aide.

Footnote 3: This document has not been found.

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