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Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to Staff of Captain Joel R. Poinsett Pringle, Destroyer Flotilla

Communications Copy.

Cablegram Sent 24 April 1918.  ROC

To Melvus, Queenstown.                 Serial No. 1536

Prep, by  O-1             Ap’vd. by SX           D.R.

Rec’d          Coded        Cypher Sigcode   Disp’chd {Cable


1536. Owing to large number of destroyers now under repairs propose recommending to Department to retain U. S. S. PATTERSON until one of damaged vessels is returned to duty, after which PATTERSON will be sent to United States. Will present condition of boilers permit of this delay.1  15224. 1536.


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

Footnote 1: Although the reply from Pringle’s staff has not been found, on 25 April, Sims sent a request to retain the destroyer Patterson to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations. See: Sims to Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, 25 April 1918. There he noted that five destroyers were damaged or under emergency repair.

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