Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters to Admiral William S. Benson, Chief of Naval Operations
CABLEGRAM SENT 7th Aug, 1917.
To Opnav, Washington Serial No. 212
Sent Aug 7 6:30 P.M. Initials J.V.B. File No.
Number two hundred and twelve (stop) After redistribution of officers, taking practically all but heads of departments from MELVILLE and DIXIE, five officers have been assigned each destroyer (stop) No reserve remain against casualties from sickness or otherwise (stop). A reserve of experienced officers and men, as previously requested, is urgently needed.
Source Note: CCy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.