Naval History and Heritage Command

Naval History and Heritage Command

Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels to All Officers of the United States Navy

DESPATCH.

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                         NAVY DEPARTMENT,                 ALNAV

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WASHINGTON.

2 August 1917.      191

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To All Officers of U S Navy period confidential. In order that nothing may be left undone by the American Navy to win the war comma the cooperation in initiative and suggestion of every officer of the Navy is earnestly desired period Request is hereby made that all officers who are giving study and thought to this important matter to submit their views and plans to the Chief of Naval Operations period Well considered suggestions from officers of all grades will receive immediate consideration comma and officers presenting plans that give promise of helping to secure victory will be ordered to Washington for consultation period Victory may wait upon students and strategists in the American Navy paragraph This request is made of all officers comma young and old alike comma and all are urged to forward without delay the result of their studies direct to the Department. 22002.

Josephus Daniels,       

Secy. of the Navy.

Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. This was copied onto a printed form. In the heading, there are labels on several lines which have been omitted. For response, see: William S. Benson to Daniels, 16 August 1917.