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Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations

Chronological Copy.                         File No. <27-5-15>

Cablegram Sent     21 April 1918 WHH

To Opnav  Washington (Buord.)                   Serial No. 6803

Prep. by      M4            SX   D.R.

                                      33 ARD

6803. Your 4467.1 Army authorities are retaining additional vessels for coal carrying service in war zone, demands of this service continually increasing. Army authorities apply to Force Commander in each case for arming these vessels. Request authority to assign any guns removed from vessels in European Waters to any vessels operating continuously in war zone which are in the service of United States Government. It is anticipated that all guns removed from 750 ton destroyers and those removed from coast guard cutters will be required for arming lake class and coal carriers. It is again urged that the recommendation in my 59572 be carried out. 06521 6803.

Sims         

Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.

Footnote 1: This document has not been found.

Footnote 2: This cable has not been found. In Sims to Opnav, 24 April 1918, Sims again referenced 5957 and went on to urge that fewer guns and gun crews be placed on American merchant vessels, as this would reduce the time to refit ships.

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