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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     September 12, 1917

Origin  Opnav Washington                  Serial No. 58 Alnav

Via Radicode                              Date No. 23021

Copies to C of S, JVB, BAL, EGB.1      File No. 7-27-10   

Action referred to:


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From  Chief of Naval Operations.

To    Commander of Naval Forces in European Waters.

Alnav fifty-six. The department is impressed with the apparent failure of those who are responsible to appreciate the fact that promptness and secrecy in movements of vessels is a prime factor period. This matter shall be given attention at once and kept constantly in mind. 23021


Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. There is an identifier, “3C5,” in a column under the “2” in the File No.

Footnote 1: Sims’ Chief of Staff Capt. Nathan C. Twining; Sims’ aide, Cmdr. John V. Babcock; Cmdr. Byron A. Long, who was the head of the Convoys Section on Sims' staff; and Lt. Edward G. Blakeslee, who headed Sims' Communications Section.

Footnote 2: Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels.

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