Commander Joseph K. Taussig to Special Service Division, Destroyer Force
#3-11 Special Service Division, Destroyer Force
U.S.S. Wadsworth, Flagboat,
24 April 1917-
From: Commander Special Service Division
To: Special Service Division
Subject: Procedures in case of sighting enemy submarine and in case of damage to vessel of this force by mine or torpedo.
1. If submarine is sighted the vessel sighting it will make six toots on the whistle (in groups of two) open fire and head for the submarine. The next destroyer astern will head in the direction of the submarine on parallel course to the other and assist in the attack. Other vessels will continue on course keeping a lookout for other submarines. Use radio as per C-in-C printed instructions-
2. In case a destroyer of this force is torpedoed or strikes a mine, other vessels will not stop but will continue on course and make circle of wide radius around damaged vessels until other procedures become desirable Vessels passing close to a disabled vessel will throw life preservers if it appears advisable-
Source Note: Cy, RNW, Joseph K. Taussig Papers, Mss. Coll. 97, Naval Historical Collection, Diary Entry of 25 April 1917. Taussig copied these orders into his diary.