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Bureau of Navigation to Staff of Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters

Chronological Copy.                         File No. <31-7-2-13>

Cablegram Received April <22, 1918.> 03423 MJK

Origin   Opnav Washington (Bunav)           Ser. No. 5188

         S-1 23 April

         31 ADR

Simsadus.

5188. To provide men for new construction the Bureau has assigned Quota to practically all vessels except destroyers and vessels in patrol force.

     If you are drawing men for nucleus crews from patrol force Bureau will not place vessels of patrol force on quota basis otherwise quota will be assigned by Bureau for these vessels.

     On account of shortage torpedo gunners mates bureau requests information as to practicability of assigning only 1 or 2 torpedo men to each new destroyer and have destroyers obtain remainder necessary from men trained at torpedo store house Base Six.1-11022 5188

Benson.       

Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. Below the signature is: “*Note: To the first word in message comes garbled.” The date is handwritten and is consistent with the time/date stamp at the end of the text.

Footnote 1: Base Six was Queenstown, Ireland. Sims’ reply has not been found but see: William S. Benson to Sims, 26 April 1918.

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