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Admiral William S. Benson, Chief of Naval Operations, to Navy Yards


April 30, 1917.



Navy-Yards, Boston

            New York



            Charleston, S. C.

     PAULDING, DRAYTON, ROE, TERRY, PERKINS, STERET[T], McCALL, BURROWS, WARRINGTON, MONAGHAN, TRIPPE, WALKE, AMMEN, PATTERSON, FANNING, JARVIS, BEALE, JENKINS, DUNCAN, PARKER, BALCH, ALLEN, WILKES, SHAW will reach their home yards very soon to be fitted out for distant service at the earliest practicable date. These vessels on arrival will be immediately available for repair and equipment for distant service and will have the right of way over other work at the Yards except for other destroyers of sixth and seventh divisions previously ordered to the Yards. Report to the Department earliest practicable date of completion as soon as it can be ascertained. Consider each vessel as a unit. 16130.1


Source Note: TD, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517.

Footnote 1: These were the next two destroyer divisions scheduled to depart for European waters. By 24 May, both divisions were at Queenstown. Taussig, Queenstown Patrol: 37, 42.