Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, to Office of the Chief of Naval Operations
CABLEGRAM SENT August 21, 1917
To Opnav, Washington Serial No. 316
Via N C B D
Sent 21 August 1917 Initials E. Mc.
Copies to: Chief of Staff; Babcock; Westervelt.
Number three hundred sixteen. The logical development of cooperation by United States in French or Allied Naval air program will require a rapidly developing personnel and material establishment of such proportions that a comprehensive organization should be developed immediately for its exclusive administration stop The responsibilities of the head of this organization will be so great that an officer of wide administrative experience will be required stop I recommend that Captain Hutch I. Cone or an officer of similar administrative capacity be ordered for this duty at the earliest practicable date stop It is not an aviator that is required but an administrator stop.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. Notation below signature: “1 Copy.”