Reminiscence of Ensign Henry V. Butler
15 November 1930.
Referring to the conversation between Admiral Dewey and the officer of the staff of Vice-Admiral von Diedrichs (mentioned on page 267 of the “Autobiography of George Dewey), The then Ensign Henry V. Butler was present and now recollects the following remarks which he believes to be substantially verbatim:
Dewey said: “Does Admiral von Deidrichs think he commands here or do I? Tell your Admiral if he wants war I am ready.”
German officer said to Lt. Brumby: “Mein Gott! What is the matter with your Admiral?”
Brumby said: “Nothing, he means every word he says and you better tell your Admiral exactly what it was.”
The Germans reduced the number of their ships present the next day.
H. V. BUTLER
Source Note: TCy, DNA, AFNRC, M625, roll 364.