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Commander Joseph K. Taussig, Commander, Little, to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters


Fore River Shipbuilding Co.,

Quincy Mass.,     

April 3, 1918.

Dear Admiral Sims:-

          I enclose copy of letter just received from operations.1 It is needless to say that I am not pleased with the prospect of further delay on this side and hope something will turn up to prevent this policy from being carried out.

          We are going in Commission on April 6th, will have our depth charge releasing gear, listening device, and radio direction finder installed and would be ready to start for the other side not later than the 15th is [i.e., if] the Department would let me.

          The Kimberly (Johnson) and Sigourney (Vernou)2 should surely go in commission this month.


                   S/ J. K. TAUSSIG.

Source Note: LTS, DLC-MSS, William Sims Papers, Container 23. Notation “Admiral Sims’/Personal File.” appears in the upper-left corner and file number “1 10/3/J” appears on the right.

Footnote 1: This letter has not been found. The newly-commisioned Little sailed for Europe, with Taussig in command, on 5 May 1918.

Footnote 2: Cmdr. Alfred W. Johnson, and Lt. Cmdr. Walter N. Vernou. Kimberly was commissioned on 18 April, but Sigourney was delayed until 15 May.

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