Major General John J. Pershing, Commander, American Expeditionary Forces, to Major General Tasker H. Bliss, Army Chief of Staff, and Secretary of War Newton D. Baker
April 23, 1918.
Washington, D. C.
Number 960 period Confidential for the Chief of Staff and Secretary of War period Have discussed with naval authorities the question of using medium speed transports for shipment of troops to France period Admiral Sims believes that use of these ships would not involve any greater danger than use of larger transports period Concur in this view and recommend that matter be given further consideration by War Department in order to expedite shipment of personnel period
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. Identification number “II-4-22” appears in the upper-right corner, with “I/3/C/J” below it in columnar fashion. “Copy for ADMIRAL SIMS” appears flush left below the signature. “Copy.” appears near the bottom of the page on the right.