Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations
CABLEGRAM SENT April 25, 1918. TOH
To Opnav, Washington. Ser. No. 6992
Prep. by O-1 SX
6992. There are now five destroyers damaged by collision or otherwise and under repair in addition to those overhauling. To provide adequate protection for the increased flow of troops recommend that sailing of U.S.S.PATTERSON for United States be delayed a few weeks until completion of one of the damaged destroyers. Material condition of PATTERSON will permit of delay.
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Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.